Urijah Faber Ready To “Seize The Opportunity” Of Facing Barao On Short Notice
After yet another injury, former UFC champion Dominick Cruz has been forced out of a scheduled fight against Renan Barao. The man the UFC decided to call to step in against Barao was Urijah Faber. The two will compete in a rematch for the title at UFC 169 Feb. 22.
Urijah Faber didn’t think he would be fighting again so soon. After four straight fights in 2013, Faber could have taken a break. Especially due to the fact that his last fight was against Michael McDonald on Dec. 14.
But Faber was ready to go when he got that call from UFC President Dana White.
Faber said when White gave him the call, he asked if Faber would be ready to step in, and told him about the groin injury the former champion Dominick Cruz sustained
“I was like, Damn. Ya know what? I’ll do it. Three and a half weeks.” Faber told MMAJunkie.com
Faber is also ready for the challenge and although he is sympathetic toward Cruz’ injury, he is ready to take advantage of the situation.
“I was surprised, man. I feel for the guy. It’s all on the back of him probably pushing himself too hard or something. It sucks for him, but I’m ready to seize the opportunity for sure,” Faber said.
Faber also is excited for the opportunity to face Barao in a rematch and said this fight will be much different than their last bout at UFC 149, in which Barao won by decision.
“I think he’ll probably try to do the same thing he did last time to me, which slowed the pace down, tit for tat standing, and get a couple more kicks and a couple more punches landed,” he said.
If he has anything to say about it, Faber won’t let that happen again.
“I’m going to try to make this a lot more intense fight. I hate being in fights that aren’t super exciting, and I’m going to try to make this as exciting as possible and get the finish,” he said. “I want to pick the pace up and get in his face. I want to make it a fight that we both have to get a little dirty.”
And even though he will be taking the fight on three and a half week’s notice, Faber doesn’t mind.
“I feel rested, I feel hungry, and I feel like my skill set’s all there. I just have to go out and perform,” he said.