Renan Barao Says He Was Surprised that Dominick Cruz Vacated the Title
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.08.2014
He's glad Faber will get his shot though...
Renan Barao recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Urijah Faber following Dominick Cruz's vacation of the bantamweight title and more. Check out the highlights:
On Cruz vacating the title: "It was surprising, because everybody was waiting for Cruz to come back to the octagon. As it was for the MMA fans, it was surprising for me, too. I was waiting for this fight since I was in the WEC. When I finally had the chance, he got injured again. So that shocked me...I got sad about Cruz's injury. But I'm happy because I always wanted to be the champion. That was my goal since I entered the UFC. So I don't care if I'm not going to fight Cruz anymore because I always felt like I was the champion. I don't need to beat him to be the champion. I'm the kind of fighter who doesn't ask for opponents. I always felt like I was the champion. I know that's the fight everyone wanted to see, but he's injured and there's nothing I can do."
On Faber getting a shot: "Faber deserves to be the next opponent. He's one of the toughest guys in the division. I already fought him, but he gets better and better. I'm not surprised to see him, and I'm happy I'm going to fight him and I want to beat him again."
On Faber's striking: "Actually, I think he's improved in his standup fighting. He's very resilient and a tough guy. He can take punches and he's difficult to knock out. He looked great in his last fight. But if I had to say something he's improved on, I'd say his standup. For sure, he'll come with a different strategy. But I'm ready for anything. I'm ready for the standup, I'm ready for the ground. I'm training hard for this, so I don't care (where he wants it to go)."