It’s no secret that interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão is going to make the first defense of his belt against Michael McDonald, but now the two know when and where… Feb. 16 in London.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the title defense on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV.
UFC brass finally pulled the trigger on the fight after it was revealed that UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz had to have a second ACL surgery when his body rejected the cadaver tissue used in his first surgery. The second operation will keep him sidelined for the better part of 2013.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 marks the promotion’s return to London for the first time since late 2010 when Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama headlined UFC 120 at the O2 Arena.
Barão vs. McDonald will headline at Wembley Arena. No, not the mammoth Wembley Stadium next door. Wembley Arena is an indoor facility that has a capacity of roughly 12,500.
UFC officials on Thursday revealed the championship main event alongside several other bouts for the London fight card; not surprisingly, it is weighted heavily towards several top British fighters.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 London Fight Card:
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
Che Mills vs. Matt Riddle
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
Billy Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi