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UFC confirms Urijah Faber's new opponent to be revealed on Friday's edition of 'TUF: Live'

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Friday's 11th episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" features the season's final two quarterfinal fights, but the most newsworthy moment of the night will involve one of the season's coaches.

As expected, UFC president Dana White will on Friday announce Urijah Faber's new opponent for UFC 148, where "The California Kid" and the soon-to-be-named foe will compete for the newly minted UFC interim bantamweight title.

The replacement slot was necessitated when opposing coach and current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz was forced to bow out of the card with a blown ACL.

"TUF: Live" features Cruz and Faber as opposing coaches. Following a two-and-a-half-hour debut episode in which an initial group of 32 was whittled down to 16, the series continues with one or two fights each week. After pre-taped content, the lightweights-only show concludes with live bouts.

The 11th episode sees Team Cruz's Vinc Pichel vs. Team Faber's Chris Saunders and a bout between teammates, as Team Faber's Al Iaquinta faces Andy Ogle. The winner advance to the season's semifinal bouts.

Leading candidates to face Faber in July include Renan Barao, who is currently scheduled to face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148, and Michael McDonald, who recently earned an impressive knockout win over Miguel Torres.

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It better be Renan Barao... then Barao will take the interm, then beat Cruz for the real belt.

Post #2   5/16/12 6:22:10PM   

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This is SO SUPER SUSPENSEFUL!!!!

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Posted by Hendo67

It better be Renan Barao... then Barao will take the interm, then beat Cruz for the real belt.



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I was sorta thinking theyd do this!!
Im actually sorta pumpd to find out!!
sorta.

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There's only two viable choices, Renan Barão or Michael McDonald. Barão is the likelier option considering his training timetable already sets him up to be ready for UFC 148, but I am fine with either of them.

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It's me.

Spoiled.

Going to pull the Bob Sapp.

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Posted by Hendo67

It better be Renan Barao... then Barao will take the interm, then beat Cruz for the real belt.






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Posted by Budgellism


Posted by Hendo67

It better be Renan Barao... then Barao will take the interm, then beat Cruz for the real belt.






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its gotta be barao, i think mcdonald is getting very close to a title shot but not as close as barao.

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When they announce it's Barao I'd like them to make the McDonald/Menjivar fight on the same card and have that determine the next challenger to the belt if Cruz isn't going to be ready in time (which I don't think he will).

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Posted by Budgellism

When they announce it's Barao I'd like them to make the McDonald/Menjivar fight on the same card and have that determine the next challenger to the belt if Cruz isn't going to be ready in time (which I don't think he will).



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Bottom line - Barao has to be against Faber

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It's got to be Barao!! War Barao!!! Then the winner fights Michael McDonald. By the time that happens hopefully Cruz will be ready for the winner!!!

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Post #14   5/17/12 1:39:28PM