Urijah Faber knows what it feels like to be the man on top of the mountain.

Back while competing in the WEC, “The California Kid” was a champion. Now, after being derailed in his first attempt at earning UFC gold, Faber is set to compete a second time for the championship.

However, the situation has changed, as Faber meets Renan Barao at UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title. Current division champion, Dominick Cruz, was forced out of a planned bout with a knee injury.

During a recent media conference call, Faber discussed the pressure of wanting to become a champion inside the Octagon.

I always feel a sense of urgency when I’m in a fight. That’s just the way I approach things. Over my entire career, I feel in some way, shape or form, most of my fights have been either title fights or fights to get into title fights.

Faber is taking on a deadly foe in Barao, who enters on a 29-fight undefeated streak. He has won 28 of those bouts, with the other being declared a no-contest.

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