When Dominick Cruz fell victim to an injury, forcing him out of his bantamweight title fight with Renan Barao, Urijah Faber stepped up like the company man he has always been. It’s an important fight for him, one that could very well define his legacy when it’s all said and done.
This will be Faber’s second shot against Barao, and he’s hoping to take full advantage of this opportunity, even though he’s taking the fight on three weeks notice. Faber came up short against Barao in his first match with him. He actually ended up breaking his hand in the second round, which really prevented him from establishing his offense and rhythm. He would go on to lose a decision.
The loss seems to have motivated him as he has won four straight, and all of them have been very exciting bouts. He’s defeated the likes of Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen, Iuri Alcantara and most recently Michael McDonald. His latest win over McDonald couldn’t have gone any better. From the very beginning, Faber proved to be too fast for McDonald, and he ended up sinking in a guillotine choke, a submission that is his bread and butter.
Now he has his sights set on Barao, and he certainly has the skills to dethrone the champ who has been one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC as of late. A healthy Faber is one of the best in the bantamweight division, and if he can remain uninjured during his fight with Barao, don’t be surprised if he becomes the new UFC bantamweight champion.