Barao eager for showdown with Cruz

Friday, November 22, 2013

Renan Barao won the interim bantamweight title in 2012 when Dominick Cruz needed time off to deal with an injury, and now with Cruz set to return is anxious to face Cruz and determine the undisputed champion:

“I’m truly happy this fight is finally going to happen,” he said.

“With all the media around it, it just really makes me happy to see that people recognize us.”

Not that the Brazilian feels he still has to prove that he’s the rightful bantamweight king, or anything.

“I personally feel like that I’ve been a champion, not just now, but for some time,” Barao said.

“This is just a chance to unify the belts and show everybody what I can do, and keep these belts for a while.”

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