When bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz went down with a serious knee injury the UFC wasted little time addressing the issue, stating an interim belt would be created with Urijah Faber challenging a yet-unveiled opponent at UFC 148 where he was originally scheduled to face Cruz. The first name on Faber’s list of potential candidates, as well as those of most fans and media members, was 28-1 Brazilian Renan Barao who hasn’t lost since his professional debut more than seven years ago.
The 25-year old Barao, who is already slated for action at the same event, is apparently on board with that idea and excited about the possibility of fighting Faber let alone for divisional gold.
“It would be great. Actually, I fight any guy UFC tells me to. I’m prepared and I can fight anyone,” said Barao in an interview with TATAME.
However, according to Barao, he still hasn’t heard from the UFC yet though that’s not to say countless other outlets haven’t been lobbying for his attention since the announcement surrounding Cruz’s health.
“People on Facebook and Twitter want me to be in this fight and Faber himself pointed me out. The champion got injured and Faber is fighting. I’d be really glad to confront him. That’s all. They haven’t said anything to me.”
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7 in Las Vegas. The UFC is likely to make an announcement in the next week or two surrounding an opponent for Faber given the amount of time required to train for a five-round title-fight against an adversary like “The California Kid”.
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