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Renan Barao (29-1, 1 NC) is set to defend the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship against Michael McDonald (15-1) in the evening's main event, and the winner will likely get to unify the title against Dominick Cruz later this year.
This is an incredible title fight.
McDonald brings in some of the heaviest hands in the division, and Barao is a fantastic striker in his own respects. Over the course of 25 minutes, this should be one of the best fights of the night, both in terms of excitement and technique.
McDonald's chances to win will come early. As the fight draws out in to the championship rounds, it plays more into the hands of the champ, who has been there before, and who does not rely on big power punches. Barao's grappling will also play a factor in this fight.
Barao may lose a round early, but he will prevent McDonald from becoming the youngest champion in UFC history by dragging this into the championship rounds.
Betting Odds: Barao (-325) against McDonald (+250) at www.bovada.lv.
Prediction: Barao defeats McDonald via submission (rear-naked choke) in the fifth round.