On tonight’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter Live,” Renan Barao was announced as the replacement for Dominick Cruz, and will face Urijah Faber for the bantamweight interim title at UFC 148.
Barao has a solid record of 28-1, most recently defeating Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143 and finishing Brad Pickett prior to that. He was slated to face Ivan Menjivar on the same card, so was in shape and ready to go. It is unclear whether Menjivar will receive a replacement opponent.
Michael McDonald was also in consideration, but an injury kept him being a viable option.
Cruz of course tore his ACL and will be out for an extended period of time, giving the Brazilian the opportunity.
Barao will look to use his length and solid striking against Faber, who has experience on his side.