Urijah Faber is not worried about his rising opponent, Renan Barao. The California Kid has faced the top competition in the UFC and feels Barao will be another notch in his belt.
“I’ve definitely fought better fighters but the guy’s got the championship mentality, there’s no doubt about that,” said Faber. “This is going to be his toughest test. This is not going to be my toughest test though.”
The two will headline UFC 149 on July 21 after Dominick Cruz pulled out of the Faber matchup, citing a torn ACL. While Cruz holds the bantamweight belt, Barao still poses a serious risk with his explosiveness and athleticism which has led to three straight victories over top competition in Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
“I’m excited for it. I feel like it’s a more dangerous fight,” Faber commented on his upcoming bout. “It’s not going to be as tricky as Cruz. He’s moving around a lot, he’s trying to point you. Barao and I are going to go out there and I’m going to get the win.”