If the world ended today, Urijah Faber would be ranked one of the top three fighters to never win a UFC title. Luckily for him, the days of the Mayan doomsday prophecy have ended, and Faber still has time to win that title that has eluded him for so long.
Faber has been one of those individuals who just can’t seem to get it done when the title is on the line. Undefeated in the UFC in non-title bouts, he has lost twice by decision when the bantamweight crown is on the line (to Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao).
When the title is not on the line, he makes other challengers look silly for stepping into the Octagon with him. Only two of his non-title UFC opponents have reached the final bell (Yuri Alcantara and Eddie Wineland). He submitted Scott Jorgensen, Ivan Menjivar and Brian Bowles in the fourth, first and second rounds respectively.
Faber always brings a relentless pace to the octagon. His grappling and submission ability is flawless when he is in the right mindset. He also has a strong chin, with only two of his losses coming by way of TKO or KO (Mike Brown in 2008 and Tyson Griffin in 2005).
On Saturday, Faber will lock horns with the young, talented Michael McDonald. Though McDonald is the best fighter Faber has fought since his last bid for a title, he is not unstoppable. If Faber can control the pace of the fight, he can win. If Faber does pull off the victory, he will be on a four-fight win streak. That should give him a shot at the winner of Barao/Cruz.