Before the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch got transferred from UFC 147 to UFC 148, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber had the fight card all to themselves.
Now, the two rivals will have to settle for the co-main event, as Silva vs. Sonnen is for the middleweight belt, superseding Cruz and Faber in the pecking order. Speaking with MMAJunkie following the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, Faber explained that he’s happy to share the spotlight with the sport’s most high profile 185-pounders.
“No, I’m actually stoked about it,” said Faber. “I’m super-excited about that Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen fight. And to be able to relax and watch that fight right after my victory that night, with a new belt around my waist, it’s going to be awesome.”
Faber will take on Cruz for his bantamweight title at the event, which is scheduled for July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Silva and Sonnen were expected to do battle at a soccer stadium in Brazil, but had their match moved as it conflicted with the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable development.