So, what exactly is the protocol when the division kingpin, as well as the Interim champion, are both injured and unable to defend their belts?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now has two belts in hock after temporary titleholder Renan Pegado was forced to withdraw from the upcoming UFC 161: "Barao vs. Wineland" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for June 15, 2013 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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That means for the time being, UFC 161 is without a main event. The promotion has yet to decide on a possible replacement for Eddie Wineland, though top 135-pound contender Urijah Faber recently told MMAmania.com he's more than willing to step in on short notice.
That's one option.
The other is to promote either of the main card bouts between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua or Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans into the headlining spot. "Little Nog" and "Hendo" can both make a case for a 205-pound title shot with a big win up north, so it's not like either contest is without meaning.
All we can do now is wait.