UFC 148: Renan Barao Replaces Dominick Cruz Against Urijah Faber In Interim Bantamweight Title Fight

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When Dominick Cruz suffered a knee injury that forced him out of his UFC 148 bantamweight title defense rematch against Urijah Faber, fight fans lost an exciting fight from the upcoming schedule. The UFC hasn't let fans down though, as Dana White announced that Renan Barao will replace Cruz for the fight on tonight's episode of The Ultimate Fighter Live in a bout for the interim bantamweight title

The move was seen as slightly "spoiled" by some when Barao began sending tweets during the day reminding fans that Dana would be announcing Faber's new opponent tonight.

Still, Barao vs Faber is a very good, very competitive fight and with big wins over Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen, Barao has certainly earned his way into this major fight. Barao also holds a #3 ranking in the USA TODAY / SB Nation Consensus Rankings.

The bout will be the co-main event of UFC 148. The event is headlined by the UFC middleweight title rematch between champion Anderson Silva and his nemesis, Chael Sonnen.

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