The UFC has confirmed that the long, long awaited bantamweight unification bout between interim champ Renan Barao and official champ Dominick Cruz has been scheduled. The two will face off as the main event for UFC 169 on February 1.
Cruz will be returning to the octagon after a two year absence due to a series of surgeries. He most recently defended his title against Demetrious Johnson in 2011.
In his absence, Barao has swept through the division, defeating Urijah Faber for the interim title, and defending it twice against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.
Serving as the co-main event will be a featherweight title fight between champ Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas.
Aldo is the UFC’s first and only 145-pound champion. He is currently on an impressive 16 fight winning streak, and is undefeated in the octagon.
Lamas is likewise unbeaten in the UFC, earning his title shot with wins over Erik Koch, Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson, and Matt Grice.
UFC 169 will take place on February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.