The UFC's first PPV of 2014 will have two title fights, including the return of bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. UFC 169 will have Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas as the evening's main event, while Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao compete in the co-main event. Newsday's Mark La Monica confirmed the news with UFC officials, and the UFC themselves put in an official press release.
Aldo (23-1) stopped Chan Sung Jung in the 4th round of UFC 163, extending his featherweight title defense streak to 7 (dating back to the WEC). Jung did blow out his shoulder moments before the stoppage, and was already behind 30-27 on all 3 scorecards. Lamas (13-2), who was supposed to fight Jung at UFC 162 before Jung replaced Anthony Pettis against Aldo, is undefeated at featherweight, and won by 2nd round TKO against Erik Koch in his most recent fight. However, by the time he fights Aldo it will have been 13 months in between bouts.
Cruz (19-1) last defended his belt against Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011. Since then he's had two knee injuries that have prevented him from fighting, and UFC president Dana White was on the verge of stripping him of his champion status if he didn't return by early 2014. Barao (33-1) took the interim belt by beating Urijah Faber at UFC 149, and has defended it twice against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.