Interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao spoke out for the first time since his removal from UFC 161, saying he doesn’t believe his injury will keep him sidelined for long.
“That’s it, guys,” Barao posted on Twitter. “Unfortunately I am out of UFC 161. But my injury is not as severe, and soon I’ll be back. I would like to thank everyone [for their] support. Thank you for caring and concern. I’ll come back even stronger. It’s a pity, because I’m dying to train. [It] is a test of my will, but it is better to recover fully as soon as possible.”
Barao was expected to face Eddie Wineland next month in Canada, but torn ligaments in his foot caused the bout to be scrapped. Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans will now take the main event role, while a heavyweight contest between Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic has been added to the card.
Barao was seeking a second successful title defense of 2013, as he previously submitted Michael McDonald.