UFC 169: Cruz vs. Barao fight card shaping up

Todd Warshaw

Check out the current card for UFC 169, scheduled for February 1st in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 169 will go down on February 1st in Newark, NJ, on Super Bowl weekend. The card will feature two title fights and will go against the usual philosophy of putting the heavyweight guys in the main event. Instead of a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Ricardo Lamas going on last, the promotion has elected to put the bantamweight unification bout between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao up top.

Cruz is the regular champion but has been out for over two years with a series of injures. In the meantime, Barao picked up an interim title and has defended it twice. So this bout will decide who is truly the number one 135-pounder in the world.

As mentioned, the co-main will see Aldo defend against Lamas. Aldo is 5-0 in the UFC and has successfully defended his title in every one of those fights. Lamas is on a four-fight winning streak, most recently stopping Erik Koch last January.

In addition to that, a heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will be on the main card. Both men badly need a win to stay in the organization.

Here's a look at the current card:

Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao [BW title unification]
Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas [FW title]
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Chris Cariaso vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson

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