Posted by Webbie
Posted by JLS1980
I was looking forward to Barao/Cruz but honestly I would have to say that Faber poses more of a threat to Barao than Cruz considering the type of year Faber has had and that Cruz has been out of action for so long.
Don't forget that Faber is fighting on short notice and is still injured from the McDonald fight.
Oh I didn't forget that fight it was just less than a month ago. He was suspended 180 days for injuries to both hands and a wrist injury unless cleared by a doctor.
I'm not doubting he might be a little banged up but he can't be that injured considering he is being cleared for this fight that'll be roughly 45 days from the McDonald fight.
Also as far as Faber taking this fight on short notice he shouldn't be effected too much considering he just fought about 3 weeks ago and is still in shape and absorbed very litte damage outside of the hand injuries he inflicted from punching McDonald.
This will be Faber's 5th fight in 11 months. That's the main reason I say Faber poses a bigger threat to Barao than Cruz. Barao is a tough fight for anybody anythime and if Cruz would have fought Barao on at UFC 169 that would have been a 28 month gap between fights.
With all that said I picked Barao in the 1st Faber fight by Unanimous Decision and got the 22pts for it being the HB. The PG had 51% taking Barao and 49% taking Faber.
I'm taking Barao again and I'll bet that the PG picks Barao by a much larger %, probably upwards of 70% even though I think it'll be a much more competitive fight than the 1st go round.
Also in 2012 Barao was Faber's lone fight for the entire year. This year Faber is 4-0 with 3 finishes and 5 fights in 11 months that's why I picked him as Fighter Of The Year.