Tonight, the UFC on Fox 9 card showcased an important bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber. Early in the fight, Faber took McDonald down. Faber would remain on top for the majority of the round and land good strikes standing. Then, in the second round, Faber landed a huge overhand right.
He followed it up with several heavy punches on the ground. Faber then locked on the guillotine choke, forcing McDonald to tap. This is one of Faber’s best performances inside the octagon, and it was clear he was on a mission tonight. The story of the fight was Faber’s speed and striking skills. It seemed like McDonald was too one-dimensional standing, allowing Faber to get some good combinations together.
Now, Faber has won four straight in the bantamweight division, which is a credit to his determination to fight for the belt again. He’s going to fight the winner of Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz, which will be for the bantamweight title. It couldn’t have gone any better for Faber tonight, who was looking to put on a show for his hometown fans.
Faber has always been a dynamic finisher, whether it’s standing or on the ground, and this was on full display tonight. He’s improved so much since losing to Barao back at UFC 149, and it’s clear he has done enough to fight for the title. This will be his third attempt to become a champ in the UFC, and as they say, third time is the charm.