Urijah Faber open to idea of filling in for Renan Barao at UFC 161

Urijah Faber open to idea of filling in for Renan Barao at UFC 161

The UFC brought in Renan Barao to battle Urijah Faber for an interim bantamweight title after linear champion Dominick Cruz was shelved with a torn ACL. Barao went on to beat Faber by way of decision and followed the performance up with a submission win over Michael McDonald in February. Though Barao was set to put his gold up for grabs a second time, taking on Eddie Wineland in a few weeks at UFC 161, it now appears the brilliant Brazilian will likely be unavailable due to an injury he sustained while training for the tilt.

Interestingly enough, it appears Faber may very well receive the call to fill in for Barao based on his willingness to step up under the right circumstances. “The California Kid” spoke with MMAMania recently, explaining he’s open to the match-up as long as it puts him in line for a shot at winning gold.

“I just found out and from what it sounds like, we’ve got the champ injured and now the interim champ is hurt. This sucks,” said Faber. “No one has reached out to me about filling in but if the opportunity comes knocking, I’ll definitely consider it.”

“I feel like in the rankings I’m number two. It’s kinda like waiting to see what happens. If an opportunity comes take it. That’s always been my mentality,” he concluded.

The 28-6 Faber is coming off consecutive submission wins over Ivan Menjivar and Scott Jorgensen. He also owns a past victory over Wineland, outpointing his fellow former WEC champ in a 2011 match-up.

3 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Like most people, I feel like Faber gets more title shots than he rightfully deserves. But in this instance, who else is there. The UFC’s BW division is sooooo thin and they put so little promotion behind it that is seems like there really are only 3 guys in the division, and one of them hasn’t fought in over 18 months.

    It sucks for Wineland that he’s losing out on a title shot, but there really isn’t anyone else.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    he did say on twitter that he wasn’t a fan of making it an interim interim belt, but that he’s always down for a fight if they want it to happen. Also he does get a lot of title shots, but what’s he suppose to do turn them down?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Evans vs Henderson is the new main event

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