When 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 Jorgensen.

“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 hands.”

The 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 else.”

Allan Oliveira contributed to this report.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

It’s been a long, strange road to Dillashaw vs. Cruz…but we’ve arrived

  • 23 days ago

Dominick Cruz against T.J. Dillashaw is an awesome fight. What goes into awesome? Just a bunch of the usual ingredients…air casts, cadaver tendons, the scalp of Nosferatu, protractors, a few sands of read news >>

UFC Fight Night 81: T.J. Dillashaw to defend title against Dominick Cruz on FS1

  • 24 days ago

For the first time a UFC title will be on the line on a Fox Sports 1 card as the former bantamweight champ returns to action against the man who holds the belt today. UFC president took to the airwav read news >>

TJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz set for UFC Fight Night 81 main event in Boston on Jan. 17, 2016

  • 24 days ago

Oft-injured former Bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, has been cleared by his doctors to resume full mixed martial arts (MMA) training. And rather than ease "Dominator" back into action, UFC has d read news >>

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz title fight headlines Jan. 17 UFC event in Boston

  • 24 days ago

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former titleholder Dominick Cruz will collide in a long-awaited title bout at a newly announced UFC event on Jan. 17 in Boston.Filed under: Featured, News read news >>

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz title fight to headline FOX Sports 1 card in January

  • 24 days ago

For the first time, a title will be defended on FOX Sports 1. T.J. Dillashaw will defend his bantamweight belt against former champion Dominick Cruz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 read news >>

Mayweather vs Berto staredown pic from final Las Vegas press conference

  • 24 days ago

Undefeated boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0) will return to the squared circle this Saturday night (Sept. 12, 2015) when he faces off against unheralded welterweight bruiser Andre Berto (30- read news >>

T.J. Dillashaw: Dominick Cruz uses his movement to 'run away and throw one shot'

  • 24 days ago

The UFC bantamweight champion fires back at Dominick Cruz and questions his style of fighting. read news >>

TJ Dillashaw: I'll finish Dominick Cruz faster than I did Renan Barao

  • 25 days ago

And he'll do it by using his own fighting style, not one he allegedly copied from "The Dominator." A few weeks back, Dominick Cruz unleashed verbal fire against current Ultimate Fighting Championship read news >>

T.J. Dillashaw: I'll finish Dominick Cruz faster than I did Renan Barao

  • 25 days ago

After UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw finished Renan Barao in their rematch at UFC on FOX 16, former champ Dominick Cruz went on The MMA Hour and all but called Dillashaw an imitator who is read news >>

Vitor Belfort: Conor McGregor isn't a real athlete like Jose Aldo, sets poor example for kids

  • 25 days ago

Interim 145-pound titleholder Conor McGregor hijacked the "Go Big" press conference last Friday (watch it here), shouting down his fellow competitors and making a mockery of the entire proceedings. T read news >>