Dana White appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter today to break the news that bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz is injured, stripped of the belt and off the UFC 169 card scheduled for February 1 in Newark, N.J. Taking Cruz’s place in what was to be a title unification bout against interim champ Renan Barao is longtime top contender Urijah Faber, who steps in on less than three weeks notice (and just three weeks over his submission win over Michael McDonald at UFC on FOX 9 on December 14).

This will be the second time Faber and Barao have met in the cage. The first was at UFC 149 on July 21, 2012, where Faber lost via unanimous decision. The bout crowned Barao as the interim 135-pound champ, and was made because Cruz was sidelined with a torn ACL.

Said Faber in a tweet:

WWALD “What Wld Abe Lincoln Do!” I’m all about seizing opportunities. Life’s like a box of chocolates @ufc @MetroPCS @AMPEnergy @Torque1net

— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) January 6, 2014

So bummed out that we dont get to see Champion vs Champion… I just hope Faber makes it more competitive this time :/ Rooting for him

I hope Uriah wins not a huge fan of his but it would be great to see him become a UFC Champ.

Come on Faber!!!!!

I hope your urijah wins that way when Dominic Cruz comes back, faber can beat his ass for a third time but this time not have the judges screw him over

I feel really bad for Cruz.

Cruz pulls out more then Ron Jeremy.

hahahaha

you stole that line from this other guy

Way better fight IMO

Feelings aside Barao got this

Hell yeah that just saved this card

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Uriah HAS to be aggressive and close space. Nullify the kicks and wrestle

I think he needs to make it confusing. mix his fast hands with his wrestling on the inside like you said but make any cliche work dirty/scrappy. Also believe Faber needs to use faints and be in and out with technical striking at times as well to keep Renan guessing since his timing is so good. We will see how things go down this time

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That’s unfortunate for Cruz. It’s about time Barao officially got the strap.

Here’s your chance Urijah.

UnfUnfortunate was looking forward to seeing Cruz….thts ok it’s Faber time

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Good for Urijah and for Cruz, well…. expected..

Barao was going to win anyway

Yes!!!!!!!

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Yeah mean probz be his last shot. Im a huge fan hope he wins. Gonna be a good fight.

again…..hoping faber will evolve and have a greater match.

Dora Faber have the record for title shots? Has to.

THE CALIFORNIA KID!!

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JESUS!!!!!!!!!!! Will Cruz EVER fight again!?!?!?!

Finally that Bitch is out! Some guys just wanna enjoy the fame without fighting!

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