Barao to fight Faber for interim bantamweight title at UFC 148


Top bantamweight contender Renan Barao will face Urijah Faber in place of UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 148. The announcement was made by UFC President Dana White on Friday's episode of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Live on FX.

Cruz tore his ACL in training during filming of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, forcing him to withdraw from his rubber match with rival and fellow coach Faber. There is currently no clear timeline on Cruz's return to professional mixed martial arts competition.

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TX_432 site profile image  

5/19/12 5:41 PM by TX_432

Renan by murder.......hopefully

Gabby's grandma site profile image  

5/19/12 5:20 PM by Gabby's grandma

For you BarbozaCole Escovedo The Triangle He is the first ever 145 WEC champ. He is the Triangle because by percentage he has the most triangle submissions for the number of fights has has had.He was paralyzed from the waist down in 2007. His first fight back was McDoanld whom he summarily beat the shit out of. He is the only fighter to have beaten McDonald.Even though you did not know all this, I am so fucking glad that you know "Which totally doesn't matter, because barao would finish him now." Now go study MMA some more fuck stick.

Vancouver BJJ site profile image  

5/19/12 2:36 PM by Vancouver BJJ

Waaaaay better fight. It will be good one. Both guys bring it. Although barao last vs vitilago guy wasn't that good, his conditioning looks suspect. Faber could win this if he lasts into the later rounds. Although he looked nervous during the stare down.

ortman166 site profile image  

5/19/12 1:26 PM by ortman166

Out of that list only Faber stand a chance

ortman166 site profile image  

5/19/12 1:26 PM by ortman166


303 site profile image  

5/19/12 1:09 PM by 303

He will give Faber hell. I am taking Renan.

Gregg Roach site profile image  

5/19/12 12:31 PM by Gregg Roach

Great match-up.  And Barao looks a lot bigger than he seems to when he fights (obviously he's not at fight weight now, but).  Seriously, how much weight does he cut?

holly9000 site profile image  

5/19/12 12:16 PM by holly9000

I can't imagine ZUFFA making this fight unless they were pretty damn sure Faber was going to win

holly9000 site profile image  

5/19/12 12:14 PM by holly9000

you're a stud for even getting in the cage bro-win or lose

tonytr site profile image  

5/19/12 11:42 AM by tonytr

You people really oughta root for the American here. Four Brazilian champs is just too much.