Barao to face Wineland in September

July 5, 2013
Renan Barao beat Michael McDonald in February © Getty Images

Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will defend his title on September 21 against Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 in Toronto.

The fighters were originally scheduled to meet on June 15 at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, but Barao suffered torn ligaments in his foot that forced him to withdraw from the bout.

Barao (30-1 with one no contest) makes the second defence of the title he won in July 2012 with a unanimous decision over Urijah Faber in Calgary. He retained the belt on February 16 with a fourth-round submission of Michael McDonald.

Barao is ranked No. 8 by ESPN.com among all mixed martial artists. He is the top-ranked 135-pound fighter.

Wineland (20-8-1) has won two fights in a row, including a split decision over Brad Pickett in December. He is the fourth-ranked bantamweight.

Barao and Wineland will compete in the co-main event at UFC 165. Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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