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Urijah Faber, Renan Barao Differ on Waiting to Fight Champ Dominick Cruz

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Given Urijah Faber's history with Dominick Cruz, you would think that he would be hellbent on waiting to fight his rival and avenge his defeat. Faber would probably have that option if he beats Renan Barao in an interim bantamweight championship match at UFC 149. But Faber's not interested in putting his career on ice to make that happen.

Interestingly, Barao is taking the direct opposite approach. It's the Brazilian who says that if he wins, he'll wait until Cruz returns from a knee injury in order to fight him in a bout that determine supremacy in the weight class.

"I think I would want to want to wait to fight Dominick Cruz," he said. "That’s a fight that I would really want. And I would want to convert my interim title into a definitive title for the weight class."

But Faber? He has no interest in playing the waiting game.

"I'm not waiting for Dominick in any way, shape, or form," he said. "It makes sense for Carlos Condit to wait around for Georges St-Pierre. It’s a huge fight for him, but for me, of course, everyone wants to see the fight with Dominick and I, but I’m not going to put my life on hold because of his injuries. Fighting's what I do, it's how I make my living, it's what I love to do, and I’ll be fighting whenever they give me the opportunity."

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Post #1   7/15/12 8:30:48PM   

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The waiting game...

Post #2   7/15/12 8:53:25PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

The waiting game...



yea, thats totally bogus, if your going to have an interm belt you should atleast ACT like a champion, even if your really not. i say just fight

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Yeah ! you are fighters, way to represent Faber. That's why I still respect him even if I don't really like him much. He still will fight anybody anytime favored or not.

Post #4   7/15/12 10:53:58PM   

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Posted by sbulldavid

Yeah ! you are fighters, way to represent Faber. That's why I still respect him even if I don't really like him much. He still will fight anybody anytime favored or not.



This. Grudgingly. And your chin is still wrong.

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Who do you guys think will take this one ?

I want Urijah Faber to win, but its likely that Renan Barao takes it.

Post #6   7/16/12 5:26:46PM   

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The irony is that the UFC would likely want Faber to wait for Cruz so he could be carrying the belt for as long as possible and they'd probably want Barao to defend it if Cruz wasn't ready.

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Posted by Kpro

The irony is that the UFC would likely want Faber to wait for Cruz so he could be carrying the belt for as long as possible and they'd probably want Barao to defend it if Cruz wasn't ready.



UFC won't want Faber to defend the interim belt if he wins b/c they want to build up that 3rd match and they did the whole TUF coaching to build it up, so they won't want Faber to win and then possibly lose the interim belt defending it before he fights Cruz for a 3rd time.

Post #8   7/16/12 6:08:35PM