There was a palpable buzz in the arena on Saturday night when
Urijah Faber hit the cage.
A hometown favorite that grew up and called Sacramento home for
years, Faber was greeted with the loudest ovation of the night as
he hit the cage. Some fighters will discount what it means to have
the crowd on their side, but ‘The California Kid’ fed off the
energy and turned it into a flawless performance in the
Faber wasted no time grabbing McDonald’s leg and putting him on
his back with the entire crowd in Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena
chanting his name in unison. Despite his position on top, Faber
fails to capitalize much while on the ground so referee Herb Dean
is forced to stand them back up again. On the feet despite a huge
disparity in power, Faber didn’t back down from trading with
McDonald while managing to land a few winging punches and kicks
while staying out of his opponent’s range.
McDonald seemed hesitant to engage after the first takedown put
him on his back for the better part of three minutes, but it didn’t
deter Faber from coming forward. Faber’s quick feet and
combinations confused McDonald with just over a minute expired in
the second round he hurt the 22-year old bantamweight with an
explosive barrage of punches.
McDonald scrambled and tried to get away but Faber pursued
landing two more big right hands that put his opponent on the
Faber pounced, smelling blood in the water as McDonald tried to
regain his composure but it wasn’t mean to be. As he jumped on the
ground, Faber locked up his signature guillotine choke and rolled
to his back where McDonald had no choice but to tap out.
The stoppage came at 3:22 in round two.
Faber was just overwhelming from the moment the fight started
until it ended as he out landed McDonald 59-11 in total strikes
before sinking in the guillotine choke to get the finish.
The win marks Faber’s (30-6) fourth win in a row, and he remains
undefeated in non-title fights during his entire career. It’s also
going to be hard to deny Faber the next shot at the belt after yet
another impressive performance, this time dispatching of the No. 3
bantamweight in the world in relatively easy fashion.
Faber will now likely start looking at the UFC 169 main event
between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao for his next opponent as he
targets another shot at the bantamweight belt next year.