UFC Prez: If Barao finishes Faber, he’€™s pound-for-pound best in the world

Does Renan Barao deserve the #1 p4p ranking if he finishes Urijah Faber?


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Renan Barao has a big fight coming up in two weeks against Urijah Faber. How big?

“If Barao goes out and stops Faber, he’s probably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” UFC president Dana White said after UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou on Wednesday.

Barao’s résumé is pretty incredible. He hasn’t lost since 2005 – his first pro fight. But Dominick Cruz would probably dispute White’s claim since Barao never did beat him to win the UFC bantamweight title.

Mir got hit by a friggin’ car and wasn’t out this long. Anderson won’t be out this long.

- Dana White on Dominick Cruz's injury woes

Cruz has been out more than two years dealing with a pair of ACL surgeries. He was supposed to fight Barao on Feb. 1 at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J., but tore his groin. Faber will step in on short notice.

Some people have said Cruz not facing Barao coming off a long layoff is better for him. White disagrees.

“There’s no way it’s for the best,” White said. “This kid, if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. I couldn’t feel more sorry for a guy than I do Dominick Cruz.”

White said Cruz wanted that fight, no matter the fact he was coming off injury. Now, he’s stripped of the belt and has to work his way back. White said he wasn’t sure when Cruz could return. Normally, a grade two or three tear of the groin would keep a fighter out at least a few months.

No one in the history of the UFC has been out this long, White said.

“Mir got hit by a friggin’ car and wasn’t out this long,” he said. “Anderson won’t be out this long.”