Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Jose Aldo (red gloves) celebrates his victory over Chan Sung Jung during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas headlines UFC 169; Cruz vs. Barao co-main event

UFC fans have been wondering for some time who the UFC would put in as the main event of UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend. At first, it seemed Jon Jones would be fighting Glover Teixiera, but that plan fell through and they will be fighting later in the year.

Today, the UFC announced that Jose Aldo will face off against Ricardo Lamas for the Featherweight title as the main event of the evening. To add to the excitement, they also announced that the co-main event of the evening will feature the long-awaited return of the Bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, against interim Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao.

The UFC 169 card is absolutely stacked with only 3 fights set! The only other fight scheduled for the card thus far is Alistair Overeem vs Frank Mir.

Jose Aldo will look to defend his title for the 9th time (5 times in the UFC and 3 times in the WEC) against Ricardo Lamas. Lamas, has a four fight win streak in the UFC including finishes over Cub Swanson and Erik Koch, to get him the next shot at Aldo.

The co-main event will feature the long awaited return of Dominick Cruz. Cruz defended his Bantamweight title twice in the UFC and three times in the WEC, before injuring his ACL. The injury has kept him out of competition for a little over two years now. He will be matched up against the ever dangerous, Renan Barao. Barao won the interim title over Urijah Faber back at UFC 149. Since then, Barao has defended the belt twice, and will now get his shot at the Champion. Barao has not lost since his professional debut in 2005, stringing off 31 straight victories (with one No Contest).

Expect the rest of the Super Bowl card to be stacked with other UFC talent. This is a fantastic start for the card.

Tags: Alistair Overeem Dominick Cruz Frank Mir Jose Aldo Renan Barao Ricardo Lamas UFC 169

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