Champions on the shelf - new/old idea
This is thinking slightly out of the box, which means 90% of Sherdoggers won't be able to fully understand, but maybe 10% of you could give some interesting feedback.
No one wants to strip Dominick Cruz of his BW belt because he never lost it in the cage, but it is not a good option, sport-wise or business-wise to keep Barão as only an interim champ.
An interim championship fight just doesn't feel as satisfying. Sport-wise, Barão feels like he should be called a true champ, and he should since he's beaten everyone at BW who is a threat (and who is not injured). An interim champ fight is slightly harder to market.
On the flip side, Cruz deserve an immediate shot when he returns and sorta deserves to keep his prestige as a champ since he hasn't lost in the cage and hasn't retired.
So, switch their statuses. Promote Barão to the full [regular] champion and demote Cruz to Champion in Recess.
Barão gets respect as the full champ since people are forgetting Cruz already and without the "interim" in his title, more people will see Barão's championship as legit. On the other hand, Cruz will still get an immediate shot when he returns and he can still call himself the champ.
Is it perfect? Or course not, but I think it's better than having an interim champ for 2 years or stripping the champ who hasn't lost in the ring.