UFC 169 will land in Newark, New Jersey on Feb 1, 2014 as part
of the Super Bowl weekend festivities, and the show will now
feature two title bouts including the long awaited return of
bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
According to UFC officials by way of Newsday, UFC 169 will be
co-headlined by title fights in both the featherweight and
First up at 135 pounds, Dominick Cruz will finally return to the
cage after more than two years away and two different surgeries to
repair damage on his knee. Cruz has been out since October 2011
when he defeated Demetrious Johnson to defend the UFC bantamweight
title, but prior to his last scheduled bout at UFC 148 in 2012 he
blew out his knee and required full ACL replacement surgery.
Cruz’s luck didn’t get any better from there because while he
was on the road to recovery, his knee rejected the cadaver ligament
put in as a replacement and he had to undergo surgery again and
start the whole process of rehabilitation over a second time.
Now with his knee back to full health, Cruz will return to face
interim champion Renan Barao, who won the gold in his absence and
has since defended the title on two occasions.
The other fight confirmed on Tuesday is the featherweight title
fight pitting champion Jose Aldo against Ricardo Lamas. The two
fighters have been rumored for a bout in February for a few weeks
now, but only on Tuesday did it become official.
UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014.