Urijah Faber wanted nothing more than to step inside the Octagon and face Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight title in July. Instead, Faber will be facing Renan Barao for the interim title after knee surgery knocked Cruz out.
While it seemed that Faber and Cruz had a few moments of friendship on the reality show, that isn’t the case as far as “The California Kid” is concerned.
“I ignore the guy,” said Faber, during the post-fight show on FUEL TV. “I’ve had enough of the guy. He’s grown up a little. But I’ve had enough of the guy.”
In Barao, Faber will be facing a dangerous challenge, as the Brazilian has won 27-straight fights. However, Faber is unfazed, saying, “He hasn’t fought me. I think I can beat all 27 of the guys he did. I’m heart, conditioning and have a strong mind and I think I can beat him.”
Faber (26-5) is coming off a victory over Brian Bowles that earned him the position of No. 1 contender. He lost to Cruz last year via decision. Faber-Barao will be the co-main event for UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
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