Former World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber has not had best time making the transition from the WEC to the UFC.
Faber has gone 1-2 since he began competing in the octagon. Both losses were by decision. Both loses were championship fights. Still, The California Kid needs to defeat his UFC 157 opponent Ivan Menjivar if he wants to get back to the top of the bantamweight division.
This is going to be no easy challenge as Menjivar has gone 4-1 in his last five fights. Two of these wins were by first-round submission, with both earning “Submission of the Night” bonuses.
Although some fans may think it is time for Faber to hang up the gloves, Faber still has a lot to offer the sport. Other than his last fight, Faber’s matches have always been fast-paced and competitive. He also has a large and loyal fanbase. With the fight taking place in Anaheim, Calif, the fans cheering for Faber could get inside Menjivar’s head.
Yet Faber defeating Menjivar is just one hurdle. If The California Kid wants another shot at bantamweight gold, he still needs to prove himself in the eyes of the fans and the promoters that he is the number one contender, and with a growing 135-pound division, that might be easier said than done.
The California Kid has had a stellar career these past nine years. If he wants to make it to 10, now is the time to get a big win and solidify his place in the bantamweight division.
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