Urijah Faber showed he’s not ready to pass the torch off to the younger contenders just yet. “The California Kid” turned in a sensational performance at UFC on FOX 9 in his hometown of Sacramento by finishing fellow bantamweight contender Michael McDonald in the second round.
Faber utilized his wealth of experience and tremendous skills to rise to the occasion in a critical matchup. He also kept alive his record of never having lost in the Octagon to a non-champion. Faber landed some solid kicks and a strong right hand as his diversified attack carried the opening round. The 22-year old McDonald was highly confident in his striking skills entering this contest, but it was Faber who would close the show in the middle frame thanks to his stand-up game.
The veteran landed a huge right hand to the temple that rocked McDonald, and Faber swarmed all over him. He landed another huge right, literally threw McDonald against the fence, and locked on a finishing guillotine choke. The end came at the 3:22 mark as Faber secured career victory no. 30 and a Submission of the Night bonus. His only losses in the UFC have come in title fights against Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao.
The winner of this fight was expected to be the next title challenger, and the sensational nature of Faber’s victory should have him in line to meet the winner of the 135-pound unification title fight between Cruz and Barao at UFC 169 on February 1 in New Jersey.
Despite the setback, McDonald still has a tremendous future in front of him. He found out against Faber that he’s not quite just there yet and still has some work to do in adding a little more diversity to his game. Faber remains a huge fan favourite and as he showed before a delighted hometown crowd in Sacramento that he seems to be getting even better with time.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports