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For Immediate Press Release:
May 18, 2012
BRAZILIAN SENSATION RENAN ‘THE BARON’ BARAO UNVEILED AS NEW OPPONENT FOR URIJAH FABER
Top contenders collide for UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148
Las Vegas, Nevada – On Friday evening’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Live, UFC President Dana White officially announced Renan Barao, 26-1 with 1 no-contest, will face Urijah Faber for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148.
The fight card change comes on the heels of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s knee injury, and subsequent withdrawal, in early May.
The owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts (27 fights without a loss), the Brazilian ‘Baron’ has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135lbs division beating – in succession - Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
The 25-year-old Barao said: “I’m very surprised to be the No.1 contender to now fight Urijah Faber but I’m so very excited to fight for the title and replace Dominick Cruz. I’m very confident. I have been training a long time for this chance and I will be ready to go out there and put on a good show.”