Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz spent the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter building up the rubber match in what was expected to be the finale to their trilogy at UFC 148.

That was until Cruz fell out of the bout due to injury, likely being put on the sidelines for the better part of the next year.

Reacting quickly, the UFC enlisted Renan Barão – riding an 18-fight winning streak – to face Faber to declare an interim bantamweight champion. The fight was shortly thereafter moved to this week’s UFC 149 when the Calgary card’s original headliner, Jose Aldo, withdrew due to injury.

While many casual fans may not know much about Barão, Faber is well aware of his new Brazilian foe, declaring that he is a much more explosive and dangerous fight for him than what he would have expected out of Cruz.

“This is the most dangerous fight in the UFC in the 135-pound division right now. You look at Dominick Cruz, he’s a great fighter. He’s not a dangerous fighter,” remarked Faber.

“All of Renan Barão’s fights are memorable. He’s a dangerous fighter. We’re going to go out there and try to rip each others’ heads off. It’s going to be ugly.”

Check out what else Urijah Faber had to say about Renan Barão and Dominick Cruz when he fielded questions from fans. (Note: This video was recorded prior to the event change to UFC 149 in Calgary.)

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