Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

During Friday’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live,” UFC president Dana White announced Urijah Faber (Pictured) will now face Renan Barao at UFC 148. Although the former WEC poster boy may have been issued a new assignment in the July 7th event, he’ll still be fighting for a bantamweight title – albeit an interim one.

“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,” Barao stated. “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.”

Faber, who is currently coaching opposite Dominick Cruz on the reality show, was slated to challenge his archenemy for his 135-pound crown in the card’s co-featured attraction, but a knee injury forced Cruz out of their trilogy.

“The California Kid” was most recently seen submitting Brian Bowles this past November at UFC 139. Faber’s last four losses have come in championship affairs.

Barao was originally scheduled to face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148. The Brazilian owns an impressive 28-1 (1 NC) résumé and hasn’t lost a fight since his professional debut in April of 2005.

White did not reveal Menjivar’s fate during tonight’s show.

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.

Here is the event’s updated lineup:

Preliminary Card:

Ivan Menjivar vs. TBD

Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes

Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Shane Roller vs. John Alessio

Riki Fukuda vs. Constantinos Philippou

Main Card:

Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le

Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin

Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (UFC Interim Bantamweight Title)

Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Urban Meyer discusses notion of running 2-QB system

Report: Tiger Woods to practice at Augusta

Did Jerry Jones want enough cap room to add Peterson?

Robert Kraft testifies, recalls conversation with Hernandez

Phil Jackson issues message of hope to season ticket holders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Heart attack prompted Armstead's retirement from Pats

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

Russell Wilson should sit until new deal is done

WATCH: Shaq rips Lakers, Clippers during Bieber roast

Can we envision the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals?

Bettor to win $1M if Michigan State wins national title

Five NFL coaches already on the hot seat

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

Five coaches already on the hot seat

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.