The two key players involved in putting together an elite match-up for the UFC bantamweight championship both appear to be on the same page. Now the only remaining part of the equation is allowing the organization’s matchmaking team to hammer out terms.

According to Renan Barao, a 28-1 Brazilian who hasn’t lost since his professional debut, he would be honored to fight Urijah Faber at UFC 148 in order to crown an interim title-holder in the wake of Dominick Cruz’s knee injury.

It would be great,” said an excited Barao when asked about facing Faber in an interview with TATAME. “Actually, I fight any guy UFC tells me to. I’m prepared and I can fight anyone.”

Barao is currently scheduled to mix it up with Ivan Menjivar at the July 7 show where Faber was originally paired with Cruz. When Cruz’s status was revealed last week “The California Kid” immediately released a video pointing to Barao as the most deserving competitor out there. Apparently he wasn’t alone in his assessment.

Faber Talks Barao

“People on Facebook and Twitter want me to be in this fight and Faber himself pointed me out. The champion got injured and Faber is fighting. I’d be really glad to confront him. That’s all,” explained Barao, adding, “They haven’t said anything to me.”

UFC President Dana White announced Faber’s opponent would be revealed next week when discussing the matter on the most recent episode of TUF 15 meaning Barao, along with the rest of the world, will have his answer sooner than later.


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