Urijah Faber to wait for winner of UFC 169's title unification fight between Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao

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"The California Kid" is eying another crack at UFC's Bantamweight belt, ready to challenge the winner of UFC 169's championship clash between division kingpin Dominick Cruz and interim-title holder Renan Barao.

Urijah Faber continued his hot streak this past weekend (Dec. 14, 2013) at UFC on Fox 9, submitting rising star Michael McDonald in the second round of their co-main event fight.

The win was the fourth straight for "The California Kid" since failing to capture the interim Bantamweight title against Renan Barao at UFC 149 last year.

While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is thoroughly impressed with Faber's ability to get better as he gets older, he hasn't exactly confirmed he will get the next crack at the strap ... even if it's pretty much a forgone conclusion.

Nonetheless, according to Faber (via MMA Junkie Radio ), he's willing to play the waiting game to see how the 135-pound title unification fight between division king Dominick Cruz and interim-champ Barao unfolds when the two collide at UFC 169 on Feb. 1, 2014.

"I'd like to take some time off and see what happens with these two guys. I like Barao (to win the fight), but I want to beat up Cruz. So it's a mix there. It didn't happen (with Cruz and I) after ‘The Ultimate Fighter.' It cost us both a lot of money."

Indeed, Faber and Cruz were set to complete their trilogy at UFC 148; however, "The Dominator" was forced to pull out because of an ACL injury, which eventuality sidelined him for nearly two years.

Despite the long setback, Cruz is ready to get back into the Octagon. And Barao, for one, is eager to welcome him back to prove that he indeed is the true king at 135 pounds after defending the title twice.

And Faber will be perhaps the most interested observer when the two champions collide in Newark, New Jersey.

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