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.
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.