Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
California's Michael "Mayday" McDonald will get his title shot against Renan Barao but, if you don't have Fuel TV (you're not alone), you won't get to see it.
The matchup between Renan Barao and Modesto's Michael McDonald for the Interim Bantamweight Championship was recently confirmed by the UFC, but it's not all good news for "Mayday." After an impressive showing in which he knocked out Miguel Torres on Pay Per View, McDonald will now be relegated to a main event on Fuel TV.
Now, being in a main event is nothing to sneeze at, but Fuel TV is in so few homes and the card will almost certainly do poor numbers. This is the outlet in which Chris Weidman dominated Mark Munoz in what should have been a clinching fight for the Middleweight Championship, but so few people saw it that kingpin Anderson Silva's management said that Weidman isn't a big enough star for him to fight.
This is something of a trend for the UFC. They brought in the lighter weights in Featherweight, Bantamweight and Flyweight, but they've neglected to really commit to them. Maybe Barao and McDonald aren't ready to headline a Pay Per View just yet, but seeing them both on Fuel TV just seems like a huge waste.
A headliner on FX seems much more fitting but, as it's already confirmed, both fighters will be getting the London treatment. It's unclear if the UFC will continue to refer to the belt as "interim," given that champion Dominick Cruz could be out another full year after his body rejected a cadaver's ACL.