Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 5/18/12
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 champions
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