Renan Barao won't defend interim title, will wait for Dominick Cruz

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Budgellism
10/17/12 8:32:20PM
UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been on the sidelines since his July 21st win over Urijah Faber to claim the belt. Dominick Cruz, the holder of the regular belt, is expected to be on the shelf for a while longer while he rehabs his torn ACL, and it was expected that Barao would probably defend his interim title at least once while Cruz was still out. But in an interview with UOL, Barao's coach Andre Pederneiras dismissed that notion and says Barao will wait for Cruz to return for a title unification match:

"He just won the title, just fought. We will wait. Look how long the wait was for Condit and GSP to unify the belt?"

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Budgellism
10/17/12 8:32:58PM
Another useless interim title
Bubbles
10/17/12 8:41:16PM
new clause: If you become an Interim Champion, you must defend this title at least once before unifying the belts.
FastKnockout
10/17/12 9:09:58PM

Posted by Budgellism

Another useless interim title



Poor_Franklin
10/17/12 9:15:59PM
thevoodooninja
10/17/12 9:32:41PM
ridiculous!

barao just joined the ranks with condit
infestructure
10/17/12 9:58:29PM
This new breed of fighters have business sense, but business sense is hardly an endearing quality to a fan
ghandikush
10/17/12 10:16:00PM
Faber vs Bowles 2 for the interim interim Bantamweight title
MALICE
10/17/12 10:23:21PM
I think the entire mma world misunderstands the purpose of an interim champion.
Manak
10/17/12 10:35:25PM
Interim title is just a fancy name for "#1 contender who will wait for his shot at the real belt"
Goatenstein
10/17/12 10:53:17PM
With 5 round main events interim belts are absolutely worthless.
bjj1605
10/18/12 9:36:47AM



Then how are you any type of champion??
DancingDoll
10/18/12 10:13:50AM
Lame.

Sick of healthy fighters taking up to a year off to wait for a guy with an injury to return.

All they're doing is saving their place in line and losing their credibility along the way.

They either need to stop calling it an 'interim belt' or revamp the rules on what is required when you hold that title.
tcunningham
10/18/12 11:29:17AM

Posted by Bubbles

new clause: If you become an Interim Champion, you must defend this title at least once before unifying the belts.



i like this idea.
BuffaloDave
10/18/12 12:28:30PM

Posted by MALICE

I think the entire mma world misunderstands the purpose of an interim champion.



What is being misunderstood??