Faber didn’t hesitate to take Barao fight

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

When Dominick Cruz revealed he was injured to the UFC, President Dana White called Urijah Faber directly to approach him about taking a fight for the title on only three weeks notice. Faber didn’t hesitate:

The fight against Barao will be Faber’s fifth in 11 months – a blistering pace by UFC standards, to be certain. Before tapping McDonald at UFC on FOX 9 in front of his home Sacramento crowd, he beat Yuri Alcantara, and submitted Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar, for a 4-0 2013.

After the McDonald fight, Faber couldn’t have predicted Cruz would fall out and he’d be the beneficiary. But in the back of his mind was the thought that he could be matched up with the Cruz-Barao winner. That the title shot came quicker than expected is a boon, but it was one he didn’t have to hesitate in accepting when UFC President Dana White called him because of a philosophy that keeps him in fighting shape essentially year-round.

“It was actually Dana (who called me), and he said, ‘Hey, man, here’s the situation,’ and he said Dominick Cruz has ripped his leg apart and wanted to know if I was ready to step in,” Faber said. “I was like, ‘Damn. Ya know what? I’ll do it. Three and a half weeks.’

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