UFC bantamweight Renan Barao has done everything in his power to prove he’s the top dog at 135 pounds, winning 30 fights in a row including five in the Octagon against the likes of Scott Jorgensen, Brad Pickett, Urijah Faber, and most recently Michael McDonald. However, the 25-year old Brazilian will never be able to truly lay claim to the #1 spot without first beating Dominick Cruz (19-1).

A victory over Cruz would also shed the “interim” label from Barao’s UFC belt, leaving the Nova Uniao fighter hungry for a collision with Cruz as soon as “The Dominator” recovers from a torn ACL.

“I feel great. That was the result of a lot of hard work,” said Barao through a translator after his submission of McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7. “I'm waiting for you, Dominick Cruz. Please comeback quick.”

UFC President Dana White also chimed in on the matter when asked for his thoughts on Cruz during Fuel TV's post-event coverage, replying, "“I love Dominick Cruz. He’s a great champion and a hell of a kid, he works hard, and he’s smart. At least FOX loves him. He’s an analyst, and he can do other things too. I want to see him back here fighting Renan Barao for the championship.”


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