Aldo vs. Lamas, Cruz returns to face Barao

Two HUGE title fights headline an incredible UFC 169.

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

bantamweight divisions.

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.