By Jamie McAllister
Urijah Faber is set to face the Brazilian Renan Barao at UFC 149 for the Interim Bantamweight Title. Originally Faber was set to face rival Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight Title however Cruz was injured and could be out for up to eighteen months.
Faber previously commented stating that the fight against Barao is more dangerous than the Bantamweight Title bout with Cruz . Barao is on a 28 fight win streak (3-0 UFC). Faber comments on Barao’s record and skills and is not worried by either.
“Barão has a good record and is obviously very talented, but I’ve been fighting at a different level. He’s got this great record, but I’ve fought better guys and beaten better guys than he has. A lot of people seem intimidated by this guy, but I’m not. He’s got skills and he loves to brawl, but none of that worries me. I’m dragging him into deep water. Like I’ve said, I’m the best he’s ever fought but he’s not the best I’ve fought and I will prove that to him in the first round of the fight. One round in, he will realize the difference between me and the rest of the guys he’s fought.”
Cruz and Faber have history dating back to the WEC where Faber finished Cruz in the first round at WEC 26 and at UFC 132 Cruz evened up the score with a decision victory over his rival. However Faber thinks the Interim Bantamweight Title bout with Barao is still a very personal affair as he see’s the Brazilian as someone who is trying to take his dream.
“This is personal, too. I don’t know Barão, I know nothing about him personally and I don’t dislike him as a person, like I do Dominick Cruz, but every fight is personal to me. Barão is trying to harm me, to mess me up and take away my dream of being the UFC world champion. What’s more personal than that?”
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