Torn ligaments force Renan Barao to officially withdraw from UFC 161 headliner in Winnipeg

Copyright: Martin McNeil

UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is probably thinking, "Welcome to my world."

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?

Interim-interim champion?

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.

The Brazilian tore ligaments in his foot and was not medically cleared to compete, according to MMA Junkie. The injury was first reported last Saturday night amid the chaos of UFC on FX 8 in Brazil.

See the original report here.

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.

For the latest UFC 161 news and notes check out our complete event archive right here. And to check out the latest "TBA vs. TBA" fight card and rumors click here.

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