Urijah Faber may be the bigger name, but in terms of who is favored, that role belongs to Renan Barao. The two will meet for the interim UFC bantamweight title Saturday night in the main event of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Barao, entering in his first UFC main event, has not lost since his professional debut. Faber, a former WEC champion, believes the numbers are why he is favored in the fight.
“I think those guys are looking at statistics. The guy hasn’t lost in 18 fights or 29 fights or whatever it is,” said Faber, in a recent interview with MMASucka.com. “I guess it makes sense if you’re a betting man to be on the guy who hasn’t lost in a long time. But I’ve been fighting world championship fights for a long time, since my fourth fight in 2004.”
Faber lost to Dominick Cruz for the UFC title last year, dropping a razor-close decision. He was expected to face Cruz again, but a knee injury knocked “The Dominator” out.
“I can’t wait to get this done,” Faber said. “It’s been eight months of training and all these different changes and adjustments. It’s like, ‘Just let me fight already.’”
FightLine will provide complete, play-by-play coverage of the entire event.