Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen Set for UFC 143 in Las Vegas

Renan Barao: Photo by Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A pivotal bantamweight match-up that may determine the next title contender at 135 lbs. after Urijah Faber gets his shot, is now set for UFC 143 on February 4th, when Renan Barao will meet Scott Jorgensen. The UFC announced the booking late last night:

Also on that card, two of the world's best bantamweights have verbally agreed to meet: Scott Jorgensen will battle Renan Barao, who hasn't lost in his last 30 fights - the longest unbeaten streak in the sport,

Many thought Barao would get a title shot after thrashing Brad Pickett in a wild fight at UFC 138, but it appears he'll have to go through Jorgensen first, who also beat Pickett back in the WEC to get his own title shot against Dominick Cruz, although he came up short in fight. Jorgensen has fought only twice since losing to Cruz, brutally knocking out Ken Stone in his UFC debut and then taking a decision over veteran fighter, Jeff Curran, back in October. Barao's epic winning streak, as mentioned in the quote above, needs no further superlative description.

Renan Barao (27-1)
W Brad Pickett (submission) - UFC 138
W Cole Escovedo (unam. decision) - UFC 130
W Chris Cariaso (submission) - WEC 53
Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen (13-4)
W Jeff Curran (unam. decision) - UFC 137
W Ken Stone (KO) - TUF 13 Finale
L Dominick Cruz (unam. decision) - WEC 53

The UFC 143 card now includes:

-Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz - UFC interim welterweight championship
-Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce
-Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
-Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen
-Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
-Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez
-Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper

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