The UFC returns to the UK this weekend as Renan Barao defends his interim bantamweight title in the UFC on FUEL TV 7 main event. While bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz continues to heal, Barao will take on Michael McDonald in his first title defense.
The interim champ has not tasted defeat since his first professional bout 30 fights ago. He defeated Urijah Faber to win the interim title and has gone 6-0 under the WEC / UFC banner. McDonald is also undefeated under the WEC / UFC banner at 5-0 and is coming off a knockout victory over the former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. There is not date on a return to action for the champion so the winner might have to defend their interim title again before a potential unification bout.
The UFC on FUEL TV 7 co-main event features featherweights Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier. The once thought to be number one contenders match for Jose Aldo’s title has now become just another featherweight bout. With Anthony Pettis getting the next title shot the winner will have to see where the pieces fall. Swanson is riding a three fight winning streak while Poirier got back in the win column with a first round submission of Jonathan Brookins his last time out.
The UFC on FUEL TV 7 main card will air live on starting at 12pm PT / 3pm ET on FUEL TV. The six bout preliminary portion of the card will stream live on Facebook starting at 9:15am PT / 12:15pm ET.
Two weeks ago at UFC 156 I took a heavy beating on the predictions, goes a horrible 3-8. That effort dropped the overall record to 27-17 (61%) as we head into Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 7.
MAIN (FUEL TV)
135 lbs. Interim Title Fight: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald - Michael McDonald
145 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson – Cub Swanson
205 lbs.: Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa – Jim Manuwa
170 lbs.: Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago – Gunnar Nelson
205 lbs.: Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna – James Te Huna
170 lbs.: Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle – Che Mills
155 lbs.: Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte – Terry Etim
155 lbs.: Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass – Danny Castillo
145 lbs.: Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle – Josh Grispi
185 lbs.: Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Watson – Tom Watson
135 lbs.: Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka – Vaughan Lee
125 lbs.: Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris – Ulysses Gomez
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place at the Wembley Arena in London, England.