Urijah Faber would be willing to fight Eddie Wineland on short notice for UFC 161 main event

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber is open to filling in for the injured Renan Barao at UFC 161 next month. Get his exact quotes below.

Opportunity knocks.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Urijah Faber is fresh off a short notice main event victory over Scott Jorgensen last month (April 13, 2013) at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, but in light of recent events in the bantamweight division, he'd be willing to do it again if asked.

UFC 161 was supposed to be headlined by an interim title fight between Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland, but a foot injury to the Brazilian champion has left that fight in serious jeopardy.

While no one has reached out to Faber about filling in to fight Wineland in a number one contender bout, he tells MMAmania.com that he'd definitely be interested:

"I just found out and from what it sounds like, we've got the champ injured and now the interim champ is hurt. This sucks. No one has reached out to me about filling in but if the opportunity comes knocking, I'll definitely consider it."

When informed that UFC 161 would take place in just under a month, the former WEC champion Faber, who's been busy promoting an upcoming MMA art show and his new amateur MMA website MMADraft.com, warmed up to the idea.

"That would work. I feel like in the rankings I'm number two, it's kinda like waiting to see what happens. If an opportunity comes take it. That's always been my mentality."

If Faber does end up filling in, he'd be competing in a rematch. "The California Kid" defeated Wineland at UFC 128 via unanimous decision in his UFC debut to initially earn a title fight against Dominick Cruz. Stay tuned to MMAmania.comfor more details as the Barao injury situation develops.

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