Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight kingpin Dominick
Cruz went down with a torn knee ligament, attention immediately
turned to opponent Urijah Faber
and who he could face in an interim title bout at UFC
148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
The name of Renan “Barao”
Pegado topped many a list. Still scheduled to meet Ivan
Menjivar at the event, the 25-year-old Brazilian was humbled by
the suggestion. Pegado (28-1), on an 18-fight winning streak, last
fought at UFC 143 in February, when he captured a unanimous
decision from Scott
“I’m watching the campaign on Twitter and Facebook,” Pegado told
Sherdog.com. “It’s nice to be remembered, but it’s in God’s
Nova Uniao representative has his hands full with Menjivar, who
has rattled off three consecutive victories, two of them finishes,
since he returned to the UFC in 2011.
“I’m training for Menjivar,” Pegado said. “The UFC hasn’t told me
anything. I’ll face whoever they put in front of me.”
Still, Pegado admits he has already imagined himself across the
cage from Cruz or Faber.
“My training is directed at Ivan,” he said. “Of course, I would be
glad to fight Faber in July, but I know one day it will happen.
When the time comes, I’ll be prepared for him and for anyone
Allan Oliveira contributed to this report.