With the unification of the UFC bantamweight title on the horizon the UFC on Fox co-main event between Urijah Faber ranked No. 2 and Michael McDonald ranked No. 3 was an audition of sorts to face the winner of the highly anticipated Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao title match.
On Saturday December 14, 2013 Urijah Faber described the showdown as the spot for number one contender and a battle of California territory. “It was two Northern California animals walking into the cage, and only one was going to walk out towards a tittle shot.” Faber would prove to be king of the California jungle as he submitted Michael McDonald in round two in front of a hometown crowd at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
“Michael McDonald is a tremendous opponent and I really look forward to watching his career. He’s got so much potential but tonight it was my night. Now Im looking forward to a little vacation and seeing what the future holds.”
Despite being a seasoned vet and former WEC kingpin, Faber has yet to taste UFC gold. “People say Im old but Im 34, look at what people are doing in their 40’s and 50’s and it’s amazing. The guys on my team prepared me so well for this fight that I never doubted I would get the victory. Based on this performance McDonald may have been his last obstacle to a tittle shot and based on how he looked in fight camp and in the Octagon on Saturday he can be a serious threat to defeat the winner of Cruz vs. Barao.