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Tune in to TUF for Urijah Faber’s new opponent

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When injuries gimp your TUF coach fight, milk it for all the ratings you can.

UFC president Dana White made an announcement Friday night during The Ultimate Fighter: Live, but it wasn’t quite the one everyone was hoping for.

White announced that Urijah Faber’s new opponent for UFC 148 would be named next week on TUF: Live, leaving those to ponder another seven days who it might be.

The two obvious choices here are Renan Barao and Michael McDonald. But as of a few days ago, Barao claims the UFC hasn’t talked to him about stepping up to face Faber:

“I started my preparation and I’ll fight anyone they tell me to. I’ll be prepared to go there and do a good jog and a good fight. My focus in on Menjivar. It’s all speculations, bets. I’m slated to fight Menjivar”.

Renan Barao, who’s coming from an impressive sequence of 29 wins, three of which in the UFC, revealed the organization hasn’t talked to him about any changes.

“It’s a fans thing. They want it to happen. People on Facebook and Twitter want me to be in this fight and Faber himself pointed me out. The champion got injured and Faber is fighting. I’d be really glad to confront him. That’s all. They haven’t say anything to me”.

With a 29 fight streak without a loss, Barao definitely has the credentials to fight for the interim strap. Unfortunately, ask your average Joe Blow who he is and they’ll probably have no idea who you’re talking about. At least Michael McDonald is still sitting in our fight fan RAM after starching Miguel Torres, and he’s more liable to crash up against Faber in a barnburner of epic proportions. The hotter fight right now is Faber vs McDonald. That might be a very pro wrestling reason to choose one over the other, but hey … this isn’t just a sport, it’s a business too.

(pic via The Ultimate Fighter)