Urijah Faber Hopes for Interim Title Fight Against Barao, McDonald or Menjivar

May 7, 2012
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Urijah Faber
Urijah Faber is a man without an opponent after Monday’s devastating news that Dominick Cruz would be forced out of their trilogy fight at UFC 148.

Cruz tore his ACL in training and rumors have swirled according to Faber that it occurred while he was working with Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey.

Regardless of how it happened, Cruz will be sidelined for the better part of the next year after he schedules and undergoes surgery to repair the damage to his knee.

Faber, who is coaching alongside Cruz on this season of the Ultimate Fighter Live, found out the news like everybody else and now awaits word from the UFC for what happens next.

“It sucks for everybody. Especially myself and Dominick and I wish him a speedy recovery. You don’t wish that on anybody and I know he wanted to scrap,” said Faber in a video released on Monday.

There is no perfect situation now with Cruz out of the bout, but most believe because he will be sidelined for the next 9 to 12 months following surgery that an interim title is the next best scenario.

The UFC has yet to make an announcement about the possibility of an interim title, but with Cruz on the shelf, it would make sense for Faber to remain on the UFC 148 card against a new opponent with a temporary bantamweight title on the line.

“Now, I’m just waiting to hear what happens. I’m thinking an interim title, he’s been out almost a year and a half now once this surgery goes through, it’s going to be another 9 months, so I’m hoping for a top contender.

“Renan Barao in my opinion is next up, Michael McDonald after that, and Ivan Menjivar after that, so I’m just waiting to see.”

Barao and Menjivar are actually scheduled to face each other on the July 7 show from Las Vegas, while McDonald is currently back in training after knocking out Miguel Torres at UFC 145. The UFC has yet to make a decision in any way, shape, or form, but Faber is training to fight and hopes to still compete on the UFC 148 card.

“I’m ready to scrap July 7 as far as that’s concerned, that’s when it’s going down,” said Faber.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Faber’s status when it becomes available.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Good opportunity to increase TUF ratings. First Zuffa needs to figure out what they’re going to do and once they do, tell everyone to tune in for Friday’s episode to find out “live” what they’re plan is (new coach, opponent for Faber…).

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      …what “their” plan is

      Really need an edit function in the comments section.

      • phrankthetank

        Agreed, but then people would be able to go back and edit out their ridiculous claims lol

  • adam1848

    So I’m guessing that a fighter makes more money if they fight for an “Interim” belt, rather than a number one contender position? Otherwise, why does the word exist? Everyone knows Condit isn’t the WW champ, so who cares who the “Interim” Bantam champ is? It means absolutely nothing…to me.

    • shakejunt

      it does get a little ridiculous having 2 champs, but the division has to move on. i personally feel that we should’ve had an interim lw champ for the past 2 years while frankie was tied up in rematchland.

      • atmosphere

        yup. interim champions are just placeholders and official top contenders for the championship belt once the champ returns.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      It used to matter because it meant their fight would be five rounds. Now that all main events are five rounds it is meaningless like you said.

  • phrankthetank

    Of course Faber wants an interim fight, it’s the only way he has a chance of getting UFC gold.

  • Mario

    Renan Pegado should fight Urijah for the interim title, then make McDonald and Menjivar fight for a contender spot.

    Dominick can pick up whatever scraps are left over from that chaos.

  • pooby

    I don’t get the “rumors” about Rhonda Roussey. Who cares? What’s the point of throwing that in there? Is it a way of poking fun at Cruz for getting hurt by a girl?

  • LordUndead

    too bad, 2nd fight was a fun one….oh well, it’s a rough game….Barao v Faber sounds good to me

  • shakejunt

    Not really sure how Menjivar is even in the mix here. He’s got a lot of experience and is on a decent streak, but against who? He’s ranked in the mid 30’s for a reason.

  • Triggerman99

    I don’t think an Interim Title makes sense in this case. Due to the fact that Cruz recently beat Faber, what little merit an Interim Title had goes completely out the window.

  • smill0313

    He should go five rounds with that ball sack he calls a chin.

    • Booker T

      lol! you made me laugh on that one.

  • GiovanniB

    Ronda can hump me, submit me between her legs and anything else that she wants to do. She’s my dream girl! Yeah baby wrap those legs around me…huh, huh, huh! LOL

    • Booker T

      You guys are killing me with these comments. I have to agree with you though.

  • joeshine

    Faber is nothing but a wee little white elf who never wins a big fight. faber is a midget loser. no fan appeal for the shrimp half man. Faber belongs on the yellow brick road with toto.

  • MaritalArtist

    Iblike barao for the next opponent. A very long winning streak says a lot. His is ridiculous.