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An injury to interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao has forced a change atop the UFC 161 card.
The event scheduled for Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 15 -- which was to feature Barao vs. Eddie Wineland -- will now have Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson as the main event, the UFC announced on Tuesday.
Barao tore ligaments in his foot during training, according to MMAJunkie.com.
Henderson is ranked as the No. 3 contender in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He most recently fought (and lost to) Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 in February. Evans, a former light heavyweight champ, is the No. 6 contender. Evans has lost his past two fights, decisions to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jon Jones.
The event at MTS Centre sold out in less than a day, and it's not immediately clear how much the change will hurt PPV buys. Henderson and Evans -- though not champs nor arguably at the top of their game -- are still major names.
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This had been hinted earlier but it is now official that UFC interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao is out of his scheduled bout opposite Eddie Wineland at UFC 160 with a foot injury. No news yet on what will be done with the card but as soon as we have that information we will pass it along to you.
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The injury bug has forced UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao out of his anticipated title fight against Eddie Wineland at UFC 161. Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans now headlines the card. The news was officially announced on UFC.com earlier today.
The loss of the bantamweight title fight is a significant blow to the UFC’s debut event in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With less...
With a blink of an eye – or in this case, an injured foot – “UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland” has changed to “UFC 161: Henderson vs. Evans.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC confirmed previous reports that interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao’s injured foot has forced him out of next month’s title defense against Eddie Wineland.
The light heavyweight scrap between Dan...
With Renan Barao being forced off the card due to injury Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson will step up from the co main event to headline UFC 161. This is a big blow to the card as though both these fighters have done great things in the sport both of their most recent performances were sub par, making it tough for them to main event a PPV card. Not sure what else the UFC could...
UFC 161 took a monstrous hit Tuesday when interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao was forced to withdraw from the main event against Eddie Wineland with a foot injury. However, the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion is doing its best to make it up to fans.
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