Urijah Faber will look to claim his first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world title on July 21, 2012 in the main event of UFC 149, which will go down at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Standing in his way is Brazilian wrecking ball Renan Barao, who is undefeated in his last 28 fights. That's right, 28, prime Fedor Emelianenko - type numbers. Since dropping his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, Renan has gone on a tear the likes of which is rarely seen.
Now, he will undoubtedly face the toughest test of his career as he takes on "The California Kid" for the UFC Interim Bantamweight title in Canada and extend his win streak to an astounding 29 straight. He will try doing so by taking advantage of training with someone who has already defeated Faber, training partner and current UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.
"Scarface" defeated Faber back at WEC 48 by battering and bruising his legs with vicious leg kicks that had Urijah limping by the end of the night. With both Aldo and Barao part of Team Nova Uniao down in Brazil, you can bet Renan is soaking up the tidbits of information that José is throwing his way.
According to Faber, none of that will matter because when the Octagon door closes, Renan will not be able to take Aldo in there with him.
Make the jump to see what Urijah had to say at yesterday's UFC 149 conference call about what he feels will not be any sort of advantage for Renan come July 21:
"Is he going to bring Jose in there to help fight me? If so, then yes, but we're all individuals. I feel like Renan, although he has a lot of similarities to Jose Aldo, he is a very different fighter. They're different sized fighters. They're different skill sets. It's a different fight. Same with me and my camp. I don't think that having Aldo's input is going to change too much for me. He's probably going to tell him to kick me in the leg, but I'm sure Barao was planning to kick me in the leg anyway. I'm stoked for a great fight. I really like the camp I'm fighting against. It's kind of a fight pitting the two best lightweight camps in the world against each other, so I think we'll take extra pride in that for sure."
He may not be in their with him, but having him in his ear giving him firsthand experience tips, has to give him some type of edge...doesn't it?
Nevertheless, when the cage door closes, it will be Renan and Faber going toe-to-toe to see who will reign supreme over the 135-pound division in the absence of the current injured champion, Dominick Cruz.
Who will it be?