Faber and teammate Chad Mendes are mirror images of each other to a certain extent. Like Mendes, Faber fell in a title-fight to a Nova Uniao product and channeled the adversity into an impressive winning streak. He’s even arguably the Fighter of the Year after a 4-0 mark in 2013 including three submissions. The run of success and his popularity make Faber all but certain for a rematch with the winner of February’s face-off between champions Renan Barao-Dominick Cruz. Otherwise, there’s a slim chance he could draw Raphael Assuncao based on the Brazilian having won his last five fights. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Finding a UFC win lacking significance is akin to the proverbial needle in a haystack. However, there’s no question some victories have a larger impact on either a division or the involved individual than others. Such was certainly the case at UFC on FOX 9 where a few underdogs stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park, seasoned veterans rose to the occasion, and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson turned in his best performance to date.
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