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There are not one, but two title fights that will go down at UFC 169. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his strap against Ricardo Lamas, while bantamweight ace Renan Barao puts his gold up against Urijah Faber.
Aldo has been almost untested since stepping foot in the Octagon, beating the likes of Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung in impressive fashion. His violent style features brutal striking that scurries away his opponents, many of whom have been extinguished with extreme prejudice.
His challenger is a hard-nosed wrestler who seemingly has the style to make him uncomfortable. Lamas has the ability to put Aldo on his back and lay down some ground-and-pound, which could make him more of a contender than people are giving him credit for.
Barao, who was just upgraded to the undisputed champion when Dominick Cruz was yet again unable to compete, has not lost an MMA bout since his pro debut in 2005. He is 6-0 in the UFC, looking like a dynamo in the process.
He rematches Urijah Faber, whom he fought to a unanimous decision win back at UFC 149. Things are somewhat different though, in that Faber has been on a tear since that loss, slicing and dicing all who have stood in his way.
If you can't get behind two title fights come this weekend, I don't know what you can get behind in MMA.