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Thursday, 06/28/2012, 11:49 am

Faber Thinks He's Faced Tougher Guys Than Barao | UFC NEWS

Urijah Faber (26-5) recently spoke to Inside MMA about his upcoming interim bantamweight title fight with Renan Barao (28-1, 1 NC). The two will fight in the main event of UFC 149 to determine who gets the next shot at the undisputed title when the winner goes on to face Dominick Cruz once the champ has returned to full health.

Faber describes why, in some ways, a fight with Barao is more dangerous than one with Cruz:

“I’m excited for it. I really feel like it’s a more dangerous fight. If you look at him versus Dominick, it’s not as tricky, it’s more straightforward. He has a lot of heavy artillery in his offense. He’s really polished on the ground, a black belt who has a lot of finishes. But it’s not gonna be as tricky as Cruz. With Cruz, you have to find him, he’s running around and trying to outpoint you. Barao and I are gonna go out there and beat each other up, and I’m gonna get the win.”

In terms of total fights, Barao does have the edge on Faber. Here, Faber explains why they’re are actually an extremely close match-up:

“Yeah, a lot of people don’t realize, also, that I’ve fought the majority of my career at 145 pounds, even though I’ve been the same size the whole time. Because our sport’s been developing, I didn’t have the opportunity, back in 2003, when I first started fighting to fight at these lower weight classes. But I was always at the top of the 145 pound division. I wanted to take that next chance at the title, even though I was being given a big size disadvantage. I think I have one more TKO or KO, one more submission than he does, but he has a couple more fights than I do.”

Barao is, of course, on an unreal streak of around seven years and 18 fights. Faber doesn’t see this as a large threat, however, as he believes that he has fought much better:

“I’ve definitely fought better fighters, but the guy’s got the championship mentality. There’s no doubt about that. This is gonna be his toughest test, but he’s not gonna be my toughest test.”

Faber realizes that this will be an extremely tough challenge for him but also thinks that he has an advantage over Barao in every aspect of MMA:

“I’m gonna see where the fight goes. I feel like, my stand up feels incredible. If i had to say where his strengths and mine match up, and weaknesses and stuff like that, I don’t feel like either of us are weak anywhere, but he’s got better knees and kicks than I do. I feel like I have a speed advantage and power with the hands. I think, wrestling, I’m a little bit better, and we’re comparable in jiu-jitsu.”

Faber is no stranger to tough competition and explains that even early in his career, he always wanted to fight the best:

“That’s what I’ve asked for, from the beginning. I remember my second fight ever, I asked for Charlie Valencia. He was the guy who was the man, back when I first started fighting in 2003. He was the 155 pound champion for Gladiator Challenge, and I remember the promoter saying, ‘Oh, you don’t wanna mess with Charlie Valencia.’ I hadn’t even really been training, but I said, ‘Is he the best guy? Let’s find out.’ Nine years now, at the top of whatever weight class I’m in. That’s just a testament to living a healthy lifestyle, training my butt off and getting better all the time.”


76 Responses to “Faber Thinks He's Faced Tougher Guys Than Barao | UFC NEWS”

  1. Azusa says:

    Your right Urijah, Barao isnt your toughest challenge. Aldo was and he destroyed you and Barao is gonna do the same. Better drop down to 125 next

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      It amazes me how many fans either are too new to have seen the fights or whatever but Mike Brown walked over Faber (TWICE) and he isn’t even comsidered that good. Yep i see faber dropping down to 125 where he knows he will have a FREE PASS against the best 125 in world Benvidez. Bareo is going to crush Faber just like Aldo did but worse

      • danielrchargers says:

        sorry but it seems like you are the “newbie” Faber would never fight his Training Partner and Good Friend, in Benevidez. :[

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          Yeah i have been only watching UFC since UFC 1. in fact I still have UFC 1 recorded on VHS (BEFORE YOU WERE BORN) yeah i’m a dinasaur but i know MMA and have been training all my life in fighting since 1976 when i was 13. I watched the movie Jaws in 1975 at a pre-viewing in LA while down touring Universal studios. Iam in better shape now than I was 20 years ago even though i have been an athlete all my life. Sorry I’m far from a newbie

        • WrestlingRules says:

          This guy is delusional. One month he is 53-54 now he’s 49 next month he’ll be 44…Aging backwards on that HGH are we??? Listen old man, you may have been a badass in the previous generation. but right now you sound like an old pathetic man living a fantasy. at 49 or 54 or whatever age you are. It’s really sad, you sound like a high school kid that gets picked on is ready to go columbine. I just feel sorry for you. All your little names you sign in under is really pathetic. Are you OCD or ADHD or both, because you are just compulsive.

      • the Natural says:

        And you can forget the fight faber had against Tyson griffin to get in the UFC wen Tyson beat his ass and got in the UFC while faber went to the WEC

  2. BobbyLemons says:

    When he says he’s been working his butt off he means he’s been testing his chin..

  3. Irie nation says:

    Stfu barao has yet to test his skills against upper echelon fighters such as Faber….beating Pickett and going the distance with Jorgensen aren’t really something to brag about…didn’t wineland do something barao couldn’t? Where on barao record is a match up with people like brown or aldo or cruz or even Bowles…barao has fought guys even you never heard of…for all we know they can be a bunch of chumps

  4. Lino says:

    Fuck faber, barao is gonna whoop him like Aldo did.

  5. leno chin idiot says:

    Faber has always rubbed me the wrong way, always talking about having superior genetics then the rest of the world and living a healthy earth muffin meditating in the dirt lifestyle. Guy can fight but he’s so damn annoying, its hard to not root against him. Seems like he’s been loosing a bit lately compared to the wec run he had, keep moving down in weight and keep loosing, and keep telling the world that your better then them, doesn’t seem like a way to build fan base or keep your job…he was on the local sacramento news last weekend, you could even tell the news ancors got tired of listening to him talk about writing the best book in the history of the world and were like, where did this clown come from. Sorry for the rant but like I said, this guy is annoying.

  6. stephen riddle says:

    Faber has to win the interim belt and if he does that he has to figure a way to beat cruz, not a easy task at all!

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      You heard it here first Faber (FAKES) an injury just like Fitch did against Simpson and spitsbing did against Boetch amd Mcdonald ends up fighting Bareo.

  7. WrestlingRules says:

    All I have to say is Faber will take this piece of shit Brazilian and beat him UP. Welcoming him to God’s Country the USA…..HooRah..Home of the Dallas Cowboys that is God’s Team!!!!!

    • Nuitari X says:

      I’m sorry man but comments like that make you a disgrace to this country and GOD.

      • WrestlingRules says:

        What, are you intimidated by someone that absolutely LOVES America and thinks every other country SUCKS!! What is wrong with you do you believe in any thing besides yourself?? Actually you are a disgrace to every American and to your family for NOT being a leader and not being patriotic, Why do you live here? Are you just going to be a taker your whole life? Why don’t you give to this GREAT Country? It requires unabashed patriotism to make a difference. Don’t waste your life,,,Now that is truly disgraceful….To America, The World and yes TO GOD……HooRah

        • Doos says:

          funny how u contradict yourself,

          your post proves that you’re a disgrace its more racism over patriotism.

          Even if you love your country im sure the feeling isnt mutual.

          Wrestling rules? lol joke of the century

        • WrestlingRules says:

          WTF ,, so read read racism in my above post?? That’s on you bro. I believe you are hiding something about yourself!!?? First of all I am of the One Race and that is the Human Race. We are ALL one. But what really sucks are the COUNTRIES and their banana republics, NOT the people douchebag. Get a brain bitch. Now I think ALL fighters are badass’ I just LOVE AMERICAN fighters over any other nations fighters. Due you have a clue now???

        • WrestlingSuxballs says:

          @Wrestling rules you suck

        • You Cant Be Serious says:


        • WrestlingRules says:


        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          wrestling sucks I think you are the biggest idiot to ever grace BJ penn with maybe the exception of Bla Bla bla which I’m convinced is YOU or Faggot Fitch forever sucks

        • WrestlingRules says:

          No Old Man you are. You have nothing for me but that I suck…that;s weak bitch real weak…And coming form the like’s of you, then a compliment. Your a unpatriotic coward!! You disgust me.

        • dave says:

          wreslting faggot…the more i read yoru typing the bigger idiot i see you are…faber is shit,,,he is lucky to even get another shot at shit cruz,,,he is only getting another cuz the weight has zero interest…and your a fukin idiot..liten to yourself

        • WrestlingRules says:

          you know nothing….You just have never been around a patriot before. Wake Up…

        • Mwill says:

          When and where did you serve?

        • WrestlingRules says:

          How about telling me about you and then ‘ll give you my curriculum vitae. Fair Enough.

        • Quitcrying says:

          I like wrestlingrules, I agree with him until he said some bs about the Dallas cowboys.

        • WrestlingRules says:

          Yah I just threw that out to see what kinda hate I got. So what team do you support??? But you DO KNOW the Cowboys are God’s Team right?

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          wrestlin rules little lay n pray bitch you represent what America stands for about as well as CHEAT “THE FELON” Sonnen. 2 peas in pod FELON-CHEAT- mentality

        • WrestlingRules says:

          Since you don’t know. AMERICA stands for Freedom and Liberty for All. WakeUp you’re getting old. Are you going to waste your life being unpatriotic to the country that gave you her Freedoms??? How did you go so wrong?

        • KIDD433 says:

          @wrestling rules,YOU ARE ONE IGNORANT DUMB FUCK.Sounds alot Fael Sonnen talk and making Americans look bad on here.Being a racist dumb shit,doesnt tie in with patriotism.Its just plain ignorance.

        • WrestlingRules says:

          You have been infected by the liberal bullshit you been fed your wholelife so now you are a weak coward zombie…wake up bitch..Understand that America is the BEST by far and EVERY OTHER COUNTRY in the WORLD SUCKS!!!!! and will soon be destroyed by American Dominance, Freedom and Liberty…dumb KIDD

    • Balls McGee says:

      God thinks you are and tony romp are faggots. He told me so.

    • WrestlingSuxballs says:

      you must be a homo

  8. Wsheets says:

    WrestlingRules takes the cake as most annoying, Chael Sonnen loving, blinder wearing asshole.

  9. Xaninho says:

    Faber better shine his crutches, cause just like after he fought Aldo he will need them again.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      (IF) Faber actually ever does fight bareo he is going to get hurt real bad and prob need alot more than crutches. Faber cannot take the what bareo brings to the table. Coin flip on who will take a worse beating Sonnen or Fabertism (dana will get Faber out of this fight) is my prediction

  10. chris says:

    I still find it fucking hilarious that people all of sudden are picking Barao to win, and compare him to Aldo. Fucking scrubs probably saw the guy fight once, maybe twice. He’s going to get destroyed and then we will never hear about him again…and then you guys will jump on the next Brazilian with a.good records nuts.

    • Xaninho says:

      The thing is, you’re probably one of the few who never heard of Barao being a casual WWE fan. If you think Barao is not a top fighter you might as well get your ass back to WWE right away because your input is useless.

      • chris says:

        Lmao when did I mention WWE you fucking idiot what the hell are you babbling about? I’m sorry I didn’t jump on his bandwagon like you did probably a few weeks ago when you saw his record on Wikipedia.

        • Xaninho says:

          The fact you think Barao isn’t legit says enough you fucking moron! It shows you know nothing about the subject so just shut the fuck up.

          I’ve seen him fight in Brazil years ago, this dude is the real deal.

        • chris says:

          LOL i didn’t say he’s not legit I just said he hasn’t beat anybody. Jorgenson has been on the side down and that’s his best win. Jorgenson looked like garbage in that fight anyway. Just because you train with Aldo doesn’t make you Aldo fucking idiot. Your going to feel so fucking stupid when Faber fucks your butt buddy up.

        • Xaninho says:

          See? you don’t know what you’re talking about. He MADE Jorgenson look like garbage.

          So when you say: “He’s going to get destroyed and then we will never hear about him again..”, you actually mean “Oh he’s a great fighter but he hasn’t fought anyone yet”, is that what you’re saying?

          I never said he was good because he trains with Aldo. He is a good fighter period.

  11. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    I’ll root for an exciting to watch fighter from Brazil any day before I would ever watch any of your hero’s lay n praying PUSSYS who are afraid to fight. Brazil fighters are baddddassss and always come to fight. Just like in high school all you wrestlers are not only GAY but bunch of pussys who always FOLD in a real fight. U se to eat wrestlers for lunch. Knee to face always had them crying within 10 seconds

    • Irie nation says:

      If you’re referring Urijah to lay and pray you’re a dumbass….26 wins with 21 coming by way of ko or submission…that’s not lay and pray that’s actually called a finisher

    • Tapout a Warrior says:

      I enjoy your comments. You somehow find a way to bring your personal life into the conversation as often as you can. I was never a wrestler, but I doubt that you could get off your back from a trained MMA fighter bro, especially someone like Fitch. The fact that your saying that at 49 you are in better shape now than you were 20 years ago is even questionable. Trth of the matter is I come here for the articles and news updates, not to read about some older guy talk about his obvoiusly shitty High School days where he got beat down by a bunch of Gay wrestlers. No offense to the Gay community. Until the UFC has a part in the Commisions, wrestlers and lay and pray Greg Jacksoning is here to stay, so get the hell over it or watch golf or something.

      • WrestlingRules says:

        You know I had to read your post a couple of times, because I originally was like: “yah this guy really does make sense” but then I re-read it like 100x and then I though I believe he doesn’t feel too fond of wrestlers or wrestling??? Then I was what a homosexual he must be. Probably a liberal as well. But then again I might be reading this wrong!!!

      • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

        Trust me i have beaten the hell out of more wrestlers in my life than uou could ever comprehend. You know if you saw the badaass younger dudes i train with and heard what they really think of me you wouldn’t be spouting off. They are always asking me to be careful becuause with boxing glove s on in sparring I often get carried away thinking they are pillows on my fists but in fact i have unfortunatly broken a few jaws in last few years which i feel terrible about. Both times it was young fighters who were training for amatuer fights.

        • WrestlingRules says:

          You are unpatriotic and therefore, untrustworthy. You have no soul and no character, Plus, now see you are a psychopath. What, your helping some kid train for boxing and you are so jacked up and into your HELPING them you ‘break” their jaw? Is that what you are saying? I CALL BULLSHIT on your old man. You are a bully that doesn’t give a shit about anybody. Feigning false sorrow for being a bully. So you are a liar as well. This is exactly what I would expect from a narcissistic sociopathic unpatriotic liar. Your hatred tells everybody here you were picked on as a kid and so you now you spew hatred on this site. Now I understand you. You’re a BULLY. That makes perfect sense now.

  12. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Faber will back out against Bareo and Mcdonald will fight for interim title. I already posted this but something is wrong with hit and miss if anything is posted properly these days

  13. Scotty says:

    People need to stop talking out there ass.. Faber is an elite fighter, was at the the top of 145 for a long time til Aldo came along and now is at the top of the 135 division! He should be champ right now but got screwed in the Cruz fight.. Barao’s toughest opponent has been Jorgensen, not saying Jorgensen a slouch but Faber is much better fighter than him. And he took Barao the distance.. Also Barao hasnt fought a five round fight and Faber has been fighting them 50% of his career! Unless Barao catches Faber with a big shot or catches in something on the ground(which has NEVER happened), Faber is going to win this fight!

  14. get rid of fitch is a fagoot says:

    get rid of fitch all u do is moan and belittle people about their knowledge of mma yet u have none urself! u talk and talk about ursdelf and bring virtually no valid points to the discussion! seriously why dont u go and hang urself cos ur a cunt! u go on about exciting fighters when if if u actually understood fighting ud realise its more about ur tactics than going in there and “throwing bombs”. if u wanna watch people fight with no skill go and stand outside a bar then ul see exactly wot u want. realise that it is called MMA its mixed martial arts not just boxing and kickboxing. Ur such a fucking retard and u really think ur the man and that u know everything about mma. Im surprised u could figure out how to program ur vhs for ufc1 cos ur so fucking dumb! and b4 u comment back dont bother cos everyone knows wot ur gonna say, which is ur the man and ur a great cage fighter whose being doing it b4 i was born and yet ur still a cunt a pussy and a moron fuck off and crawl back under the rock u came from!!!!

  15. Lol says:

    How serious you guys took wrestlingrules makes me laugh so hard.

    • WrestlingRules says:

      YOU ARE THE SMARTEST PERSON ON THIS SITE!!! I do embellish my posts a bit to make a point, but dude I do believe all I say especially the American Fighters, USA and the Dallas Cowboys……

  16. chris says:

    Haha good one, like i said your going to feel stupid when he loses. And you will do what everyone does and find someone else’s nuts to hop on.

  17. Jerry says:

    Get rid of fitch forever : you’re a clown who talks to much shit. If you’re that bad where are you in the mma world? And I’m not talking about being on the mma forums ? I will admit you’re a good writing about bullshit!!! FUCK YOU fucken clown ….

    • Irie nation says:

      Get rid of Fitch is gonna reply that he forgot more mma knowledge than you can ever remember in 7337994268075 lifetimes then he’ll tell you about in his day people fought this way and that way and he fucked some jr high kid up when he was 30 which then catapulted him into the top rankings where he was about to make his debut in the UFC until a blown acl sidelined him for only 2 weeks because he’s that much of a badass but as soon as he recovered he was going to knock out Jon jones to then capture the lhw title then is going to write a book about his experience and later turn it into a full length feature film starring Channing tatum in his young day while George clooney will play his character when he’s older

      • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

        Ierfaggot i promise if you saw me you would run to your mommy and go hide in her basement.

        • Irie nation says:

          Are you ugly or something? Do people run and hide from you cuz your hideous? You probably are that’s why you try and talk shit over the world wide web….

  18. j4s3 says:

    I think everyone should calm down and be like canadians smoke weed and be chilll and get along with everyone!

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