UFC 169 is getting more interesting by the day, Renan Barao is the champion. He does have some kind words for his challenger Urijah Faber.
Barao spoke to MMA Junkie and said this:
“Faber deserves to be the next opponent,” he said. “He’s one of the toughest guys in the division. I already fought him, but he gets better and better. I’m not surprised to see him, and I’m happy I’m going to fight him and I want to beat him again.”
“Actually, I think he’s improved in his standup fighting,” Barao said. “He’s very resilient and a tough guy. He can take punches and he’s difficult to knock out. He looked great in his last fight. But if I had to say something he’s improved on, I’d say his standup.
“For sure, he’ll come with a different strategy. But I’m ready for anything. I’m ready for the standup, I’m ready for the ground. I’m training hard for this, so I don’t care (where he wants it to go).”
In their last meeting, Barao won the fight easily with a 49-46, 50-45, 49-46) score card from those evil judges. That fight happened at UFC 149 of 2012.
I don’t see much of a change in this fight, especially since Faber is 0-5 in championship fights since 2008.