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Old 05-09-2012, 05:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Urijah Faber will fight for interim bantamweight title at UFC 148

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Although he won't fight UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber will get to fight for a title.

A replacement opponent hasn't been determined, but UFC president Dana White today said Faber will fight the UFC's interim bantamweight title in July at UFC 148.

Cruz bowed out of the fight earlier this week after tearing his ACL, though White said he'll remain a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter: Live."

UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) III originally was expected to take the headlining slot of the event, but logistical issues forced the move of Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) vs. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) II from UFC 147 to the UFC 148 main-event slot.

"I'm looking for the right opponent – the guy who deserves this shot at Urijah Faber," White said on "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.

Leading candidates include Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Ivan Menjivar (24-8 MMA, 3-0 UFC) – who are slated to meet at UFC 148 – as well as Michael McDonald (15-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who recently knocked out former WEC champ Miguel Torres at UFC 145.

Cruz is the only fighter to hold a bantamweight title in the UFC, which adopted the weight class in 2011. Cruz, the WEC's final champ in the weight class, retained the title with his move to the UFC.
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Faber vs Barao, please!!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Fingers crossed for Barao! Though I could see them making the case for MacDonald
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Entered thread expecting it to be a joke..

another interim title... wish the UFC would just make a policy for it depending on injury/estimated time out annddddd make the interim champion defend it in the mean time..

should only be an interim champ if they're gonna defend it at least twice before the real champ is back.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not a fan of interim titles but this makes sense to be honest. Torn ACLs take a long time to heal. Cruz is looking at 6 months of physical rehabilitation once his ACL is fully healed (which can take a while). The risk of re-tearing an ACL is really high if you rush things and that way there is no pressure for him to get back into full contact training.

In theory there is enough time for the winner of UFC 148 to defend his title at least once before Cruz comes back. The UFC just needs to not drop the ball and tell him that he can't wait for Dominick.

Here's hoping for Faber/Barao.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I hope McDonald.
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It should be Barao. I think it would be a better fight as well. I don't think McDonald is ready for Faber.
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Faber/Barao is the fight to make. Barao should have got the title shot against Cruz over Faber anyway.
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Faber vs McDonald would be amazing... Don't know who I would root for though...
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I predict Dustin Pague. Zuffa wants desperately to put a belt on Faber's waist ;p
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