- 31-1 MMA / 6-0 UFC Record
- 31 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland, Urijah Faber
- 30-6 MMA / 6-2 UFC Record
- 4 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Scott Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland, Michael McDonald
February 1st, 2014
Newark, New Jersey
Another injury to the UFC’s bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, has forced him out his scheduled bout with interim champion, Renan Barao, at UFC 169. Cruz has been sidelined for over two years with two ACL tears and now a groin tear. This time he has vacated the UFC title and Renan Barao is now the unified UFC bantamweight champion. Number one contender, Urijah Faber, will replace Cruz on just three weeks notice.
Renan Barao defended his title for a second time at UFC 165, stopping Eddie Wineland in the second round via TKO. After losing his mixed martial arts debut, Barao has rattled off an unprecedented 31-straight victories in the cage. He defeated Urijah Faber by unanimous decision at UFC 149 to become the interim champion, and has since defended it successfully against Michael McDonald and Wineland.
Urijah Faber will get his third chance at a world title, on the heels of a current four fight winning streak. Since failing to claim the interim bantamweight title against Renan Barao in July of 2012, Faber has won four consecutive fights, including three submission victories over Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen, and Michael McDonald.