Renan Barao has something Urijah Faber wants.
Barao tipped the scales at 135 pounds, as he prepares to defend the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title against Faber (134.5) in the UFC 169 main event on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (145) and challenger Ricardo Lamas (144.5) also met their contracted weight requirements for the co-main event at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Having shed his label as interim champion, Barao has emerged as one of MMA’s pound-for-pound best fighters. The 26-year-old Nova Uniao export has rattled off 21 consecutive victories since his December 2007 encounter with Claudemir Souza ended in a no-contest under the Black Bull Vale Tudo banner. Barao, who has compiled a perfect 6-0 mark since arriving in the UFC a little less than three years ago, last appeared at UFC 165 in September, when he wiped out the notoriously durable Eddie Wineland with a spinning back kick to the face and follow-up punches at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. An Andre Pederneiras protégé, Barao has delivered 21 of his 31 career wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Faber has not lost since his unanimous decision defeat to Barao at UFC 149 and will enter the cage on the strength of a four-fight winning streak. The Team Alpha Male patriarch capped off a perfect 2013 campaign at UFC on Fox 9 in December, when he submitted Michael McDonald at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Faber, 34, has dropped his last five title bouts, including two inside the UFC’s hallowed Octagon. One of the sport’s most dependable finishers, he has secured 24 of his 30 professional victories by KO, TKO or submission, 13 of them in the first round. Faber, who replaced injured former champion Dominick Cruz on short notice, owns a 6-2 record in the UFC.
UFC 169 “Barao vs. Faber 2” -- which airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- will also feature a high-stakes heavyweight scrap pairing 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Alistair Overeem (257) with Frank Mir (XXX), a flyweight duel pitting former Jungle Fight champion John Lineker (*126) against Ali Bagautinov (126) and a lightweight tilt matching onetime World Extreme Cagefighting titleholder Jamie Varner (156) with Abel Trujillo (155.5).
Two hours prior, Fox Sports 1 will carry four preliminary bouts: John Makdessi (155) vs. Alan Patrick Silva Alves (155.5), Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Danny Martinez (125.5), Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185.5) and Al Iaquinta (155) vs. Kevin Lee (155.5). The three remaining undercard matchups will stream to UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, as Clint Hester (185.5) faces Andy Enz (184.5), Tony Martin (155.5) meets Rashid Magomedov (155) and Neil Magny (170.25) battles Gasan Umalatov (170).
UFC 169 ‘Barao vs. Faber 2’ Weigh-In Results:
Renan Barao (135) vs. Urijah Faber (134.5)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Ricardo Lamas (144.5)
Alistair Overeem (257) vs. Frank Mir (256.5)
John Lineker (*126) vs. Ali Bagautinov (126)
Jamie Varner (156) vs. Abel Trujillo (155.5)
John Makdessi (155) vs. Alan Patrick Silva Alves (155.5)
Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Danny Martinez (125.5)
Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185.5)
Al Iaquinta (155) vs. Kevin Lee (155.5)
Clint Hester (185.5) vs. Andy Enz (184.5)
Tony Martin (155.5) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155)
Neil Magny (170.25) vs. Gasan Umalatov (170)
* Lineker initially missed weight for the fourth time in his UFC career but successfully made weight on his second attempt.