SuperBowl weekend doesn’t only host the biggest game in professional football. It also houses a two-title UFC fight card. UFC 169 takes place on February 1st at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The main event is a bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber. Barao assumed hold of the undisputed UFC bantamweight title when former champ Dominick Cruz withdrew from the main event, extending his time on the sidelines to well over two years.
The co-main event is a featherweight title fight between longtime champ Jose Aldo (23-1) and Ricardo Lamas (13-2). Aldo has been tearing through the UFC’s featherweight contenders after he razed the WEC’s featherweight division. He went 8-0 in the WEC including two title defenses before joining the UFC when ZUFFA purchased WEC. Once he joined the UFC, Aldo amassed a 5-0 record.
A heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem is also on the main card.
Aldo’s debut in the Octagon was against Canadian contender Mark Hominick. Hominick rode a five-fight win streak in to his title fight against Aldo. Both men were coming over from the WEC but Hominick had already made his return to the UFC against Geogre Roop. Now they would face one another on the monumental UFC 129 card from the Rogers Centre in Torontio, Ontario, Canada back in April of 2011.
Aldo came in to this bout suffering from illness and yet he retained his title in a classic fight that had fans on the edge of their seats and also forced them to bear witness to one of the worst hematomas of all time.
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