Urijah Faber successfully returns to the MMA world

He might have cracked your ribs with laughter after the release of his song “My Butt Chin Can Twerk” but you should expect more than just a funny song from Sacramento born fighter Urijah Faber henceforth, after his epic return to the Octagon.

Faber showed that it won’t be business as usual after defeating his Vancouver born counterpart Ricky Simon on July 13. This is his first bout, returning to the UFC Fight Night 155 after two and a half years away from MMA. In only 46 seconds, the Californian achieved a personal record for his quickest match finish. The victory also earned Faber the largest payout in the event after reportedly reaping $340,000. 

Faber’s comeback performance on Saturday is a good sign. But since his last fight, the MMA world has experienced the emergence of a new breed of talented fighters, who have been rewriting the history made by Faber and others.

Now the important question is: will the California Kid return to his former glory? Or will his older age prevent him from catching up with the up-and-coming generation of younger fighters?

Urijah Faber’s fight history

Before his retirement, Faber had an impressive fight history that earned him a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame two years ago. Faber made his professional debut in 2003. He is currently 14th-placed in the UFC Bantamweight ranking.

The 40-year-old has 35 wins and only 10 losses in his career. The California Kid achieved 10 wins by knockouts, 17 by submissions and seven by decisions.

Faber beat Brad Pickett via a unanimous decision in a three-round fight in his last fight in 2016’s UFC on Fox 22 event. Faber has also won six of his last 10 career fights. 

Faber is raring to go

A first-round win against Ricky Simon seems to have improved Faber’s confidence in the Octagon. During the post-fight interview, the California kid expressed his interest in fighting Henry Cejudo, the reigning bantamweight champion, adding that he was also not afraid to fight former teammate-turned-rival T.J Dillashaw. 

However, Dillashaw won’t be fighting anytime soon. He was handed a two-year ban from UFC after he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin—a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

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Meanwhile, the California Kid received a boost after the president of the UFC Dana White termed his victory as “legitimately impressive”.

The Hall of Famer further revealed that Cejudo called him out 10 years ago while he was part of the Team Alpha Male. Fans are waiting for the day when the two fighters take to the Octagon to iron out their differences.

The California Kid in the UFC

Despite his old age, Faber appears hungry for more wins under his belt. His epic return means the UFC master, who is rich in Octagon experience won’t hesitate to get an edge over any opponent that comes on his way. Fans can expect to see a thrilling MMA fight as long as the California Kid remains at the top of his game.

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