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Barão to face rising star with eye on bantamweight title

Renan in photo by Josh Hedges/UFC

Another matchup was announced for the February 4 UFC 143 show in Las Vegas. Brazil’s Renan Barão (Kimura/Nova União) will take on Scott Jorgenson in a bout to determine the next challenger to the bantamweight title currently held by Dominick Cruz.

The Jair Lourenço student has 27 wins and just one loss on his record, while Jorgensen has notched two wins in a row, but has dropped four fights throughout his career.

Other matchups on the card have Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz doing battle for the interim welterweight belt, while Mike Pierce, after beating Paul Bradley at UFC on Fox 1, will take on Josh Koscheck. And Brazil’s Rafael Sapo takes on UFC first-timer Michael Kuiper. Check out how the card stands so far:

UFC 143
Las Vegas, United States
February 4, 2012

Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit
Josh Kosheck vs Mike Pierce
Renan Barão vs Scott Jorgensen
Erik Koch vs Dustin Poirier
Amir Sadollah vs Jorge Lopez
Alex Caceres vs Edwin Figueroa
Rafael Natal vs Michael Kuiper

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