The UFC interim bantamweight title tilt originally slated for June will now take place Sept. 21, as Renan Barao will face Eddie Wineland in the UFC 165 co-main event.
UFC officials confirmed the booking Wednesday night following an initial report from TheStarPhoenix.com. UFC 165 takes place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and is headlined by a light heavyweight title collision pitting Jon Jones against Alexander Gustafsson.
Barao was originally supposed to defend his belt against Wineland in the UFC 161 headliner, but that plan was scrapped after Barao withdrew from the bout with a foot injury. The Brazilian has not lost since 2005, when he was defeated in his first professional outing. Since that setback, the Nova Uniao product has gone 30-0-1, winning the UFC interim bantamweight title nearly one year ago and then defending the belt successfully against hard-punching young gun Michael McDonald this past February.
Wineland, meanwhile, rides back-to-back wins into his first UFC title shot. The original World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight king, Wineland made his Octagon debut in 2011, suffering defeats to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez before besting Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett to earn his crack at Barao’s belt.