UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barão has posted on Twitter that his injury layoff may be over.
After initially withdrawing from a scheduled bout with former WEC champion Eddie Wineland for this weekend's UFC 161, Barão is already campaigning UFC President Dana White for his next bout. Barão confirmed in May that torn ligaments in his foot barred him from being medically cleared to compete.
Not to be forgotten, Wineland immediately started a back and forth with Barão on Twitter in an effort to hype their ill-fated bout. Wineland was reportedly 'crushed' about losing out on his quasi-title shot, saying, "It's like dangling a piece of cake in front of a fat kid for months, and then not letting him eat it."
I'm ready if you are @RenanBaraoUFC come on over to Milwaukee and we will get it done! Glad to hear ur ankle is better!— Eddie Wineland (@EddieWineland) June 14, 2013
Barão responded, sounding game enough to fight Wineland on the moon if need be. Location doesn't seem like much of a concern.
This has to be music to the ears of White, who's seen his bantamweight division hit a bit of a rough patch after losing both its fulltime and interim champion. Reigning champion Dominick Cruz has been sidelined since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament back in May 2012. His recovery was further delayed after his knee rejected the implanted cadaver ligament, forcing a second knee procedure. Cruz has now been out of action since his Oct. 2011 title defense to now-flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
White did jokingly state at Friday's pre-fight media scrum that Barão was in no danger of losing his title as interim champ. Wineland is in a tougher spot. With only a claim as the No. 1 contender to the interim champion, Wineland is immediately trumped if Cruz were to suddenly resurface to settle the title with Barão. It's no surprise that Wineland would be doing anything and everything to ensure he's not the odd man out.