Tonight’s co-main event took place in the bantamweight division as top contenders Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald faced off tonight Sacramento. Faber was in top form tonight as he put on a dominant performance tonight by submitting McDonald in impressive fashion.
Faber Submits McDonald in Dominant Fashion
Urijah Faber further established his current position as being the best UFC fighter to never win a title by defeating Michael McDonald tonight in Sacramento. Faber looked strong throughout tonight’s fight as he hurt the younger fighter in both the first and second rounds. The second round danger was too much for McDonald to survive, as Faber pounced with a vicious volley of strikes that felled McDonald. Faber would quickly slap on a guillotine choke to force a stop to tonight’s fight.
Faber now firmly cements his status as the number one contender in the bantamweight division. Faber now awaits the winner of February’s bout between champion Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barão at UFC 169. If the winner of that bout is delayed in anyway, yet another rematch could take place with Raphael Assunção waiting in the wings.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves to start the fight. Faber scores a take down after a headkick by McDonald. McDonald has trapped Faber’s left arm on the ground as he looks to set up a few different shoulder locks. Faber is free and begins to go to work with punches. Faber doing a good job of controlling top pressure but McDonald’s guard is keeping from getting comfortable. McDonald briefly looks for an armbar but Faber defends. Hard body shots but Dean stands them up as the action stalls a bit. Legkick by Urijah. Solid body kick by McDonald is briefly caught by Faber. Faber lands a solid hook on the exit. Great combo by McDonald. Solid right hand by Faber stuns McDonald a bit and he lands a left before the horn sounds. Good round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Faber.
Rd. 2- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Hard left hook for Urijah. Inside legkick by Faber rides high and we have a brief break. Nasty right off the restart hurts McDonald and Faber stalks him down cautiously. McDonald recovers but takes a few more inside legkicks. Faber’s movement and feints seem to be perplexing McDonald tonight. Solid kick by McDonald stops a Faber takedown. Good combo by Faber. McDonald misses a headkick and Faber tags him hard. Wicked barrage of shots drop McDonald as he tries to escape and Faber jumps to a guillotine. McDonald battles to survive but ends up going to sleep. Wow, what a performance by Faber.
Result: Urijah Faber def. Michael McDonald via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:22 of Round 2
Referee: Herb Dean