Even though UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber won’t be facing champion (and rival) Dominick Cruz at UFC 148 doesn’t mean “The California Kid” has an easier task ahead of him when it comes to beating Renan Barao. The 25-year old Brazilian has won all 28 of his fights since losing in his professional debut including three straight inside the Octagon while finishing 19 of the foes he’s felled.

Faber gave his thoughts on Barao as an adversary in comparison to Cruz where he pointed to each posing a different type of challenge.

“I think he’s a more dangerous fight (than Cruz) but a more straight-forward fight,” said Faber on Fuel TV’s post-TUF 15 Finale show this past Friday night. “Dominick’s a little more tricky, a little faster…I think his conditioning is a little better. Barao seems to taper down in the later rounds. He’s real dangerous right off the bat but I’m nothing but heart, conditioning, and strong mind, so I’m ready to win this belt.”

Barao-Faber will meet on July 7 in co-headlining action at UFC 148. Faber is coming off a submission finish of Brian Bowles while Barao was last seen outpointing Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143.

Check out the complete interview with Faber below:


MMATraining Take: In the sense that “dangerous” means Barao is more prone to stopping opponents I absolutely agree with Faber; in the sense “dangerous” means likely to come out with a win then he’s wrong, as I think Cruz is more likely to defeat Faber in a rematch than Barao is in their summer scrap.