This past Friday night marked the end of one chapter in UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber’s life with a new one beginning on Saturday as his focus turned from coaching on the Ultimate Fighter to preparing for a July 7 encounter with Brazilian beast Renan Barao. Faber and Barao will meet in co-headlining action at UFC 148 with the winner emerging as an interim champion while Dominick Cruz recovers from a torn ACL.
Faber was asked about his upcoming adversary after the conclusion of the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale where “The California Kid” compared Barao as an opponent to Cruz who he was previously scheduled to face.
“I think he’s a more dangerous fight (than Cruz) but a more straight-forward fight,” explained Faber on Fuel TV’s post-fight show. “Dominick’s a little more tricky, a little faster…I think his conditioning is a little better. Barao seems to taper down in the later rounds. He’s real dangerous right off the bat but I’m nothing but heart, conditioning, and strong mind, so I’m ready to win this belt.”
One of the most impressive things about Barao is the number of victories he’s strung together to earn his spot opposite Faber. However, while Faber was willing to acknowledge Barao’s accomplishment in addition to his talent, he didn’t appear to be blown away by the 28-1 competitor’s consecutive wins.
“He is a dangerous fighter and that’s the kind of fight I love, that’s the find of fight I get up for. He’s on a 27-fight win streak – he’s never fought me. I think I could beat all 27 of the guys he’s beat,” boasted a confident Faber. “I can’t wait to get in there and get that strap.”
Three of Barao’s wins have come inside the Octagon while Faber has only fought a single time since falling to Cruz in July 2011, choking out Brian Bowles at UFC 139.
Check out the full interview below where Faber also talks TUF 15 and being lied to by Dana White:
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