Many fans and pundits believed Urijah Faber’s diverse attacks and wrestling skills would be too much for Michael McDonald at UFC on FOX 9, but not too many folks likely expected “The California Kid” to dominate like he did. After all, McDonald is one of the fastest rising bantamweights in the sport, and he hits like a very hard and fast moving truck…
With Faber’s submission win over McDonald, which came by way of his feared guillotine choke, the vet will finish up having gone 4-0 in 2013. It’s been quite the campaign for the 34 year-old fighter, and Dana White has certainly noticed.
In fact, while speaking to the media after the bout Saturday, the UFC President compared Faber to another man who’s had quite a memorable year (comments via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Faber’s in this Vitor zone right now. The older he gets, the better he gets. If you look at how good McDonald really is, and people were so excited for this fight, he literally shut Michael down the entire fight and finished him with a great performance.”
Now granted, Faber hasn’t scored jaw dropping, head kick victories like Belfort has in 2013, but he did win three of his four bouts via submission. And, with this win over McDonald, he’s likely locked up another scrap with either Dominick Cruz or Renan Barao (depending on who wins on February 1st of course).
Here too, Faber shares something with Belfort, as it wasn’t that long ago when some people had closed the book on his title shot chances too.
2014 is shaping up to be a pretty, pretty interesting year in the bantamweight division.