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California's Michael McDonald reportedly fighting Renen Barao for interim title in 2013

McDonald has been working his way up the Bantamweight level. He'll have a chance to make a statement in his next fight with Renan Barao.


Michael McDonald, who is one of the UFC's top California-born fighters, has reportedly set up a fight with interim champion Renan Barao. The bout will take place at a date to be determined in 2013. Rumors suggest the fight could be the main event for a UFC on FOX night, although no confirmation exists at this point.

McDonald has been making headlines at the Bantamweight level in recent months. He's a perfect 4-0 in the UFC, and now has a chance to make a career statement against Barao. In his most recent fight, McDonald knocked out 135 lb. brawler Miguel Torres in the first round.

Here is the confirmation from Ariel Helwani of and FUEL TV.

Be sure to visit SB Nation's MMA and UFC blog, Bloody Elbow, for the full details on the fight.

Assuming everything holds up, this has the making of being a great fight. Check back with SB Nation Bay Area in the coming weeks as the details of the bout are released and finalized, as well as year-round coverage of the UFC.