Found July 23, 2012 on
Written by: Kevin Early
Will Urijah Faber ever achieve UFC gold?
To be short, no. Urijah Faber was a long reigning champion of the WEC but has yet to win the coveted belt since the WEC-UFC merger. Although he is only 33 years of age, it seems that his game is at a standstill. I find it accurate to equate him to Kenny Florian. They both are excellent fighters with unbelievable talent, skill, and work ethic but when it comes to winning that last fight, they drop the ball.
After Dominick Cruz pulled out of UFC 149 due to injury, phenom Renan Barao stepped in to take on “The California Kid." Faber needed to step up and achieve the first of two steps to gain the UFC belt. Well as it turns out, he couldn’t do step one let alone step two. Faber, like Florian, could not capitalize on the many opportunities he has been given.
Faber is a marketable fighter but with the Bantamweight division is constantly increasing in depth, his future is foggy. I believe he will never get another title shot and rightfully so. This is unless he is able to elevate his game and put together a winning streak over the other fighters building good cases for title shots themselves. Assuming that doesn’t happen, it looks as though he will be a Jon Fitch or Kenny Florian until his other adventures (Faber is a businessman and has built many things including Team Alpha Male) take over.
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Urijah Faber may not have left Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary with the UFC interim bantamweight title, but “The California Kid” will be taking home a broken rib for his troubles.
A fractured bone certainly isn’t the best consolation prize, but sometimes that’s the price mixed martial artists have to pay for a shot at championship glory.
According to Faber, Renan Barao...
Former WEC featherweight champion and current UFC bantamweight title challenger, Urijah Faber is not making excuses despite losing to Renan Barao for the interim bantamweight title at UFC 149.
Faber fought the entire 25 minutes, despite having a broken rib and hearing the crowd boo. However, he could not build up enough steam to sway the judges scorecards.
Following the fight, at...
by Joshua Grass This past Saturday, fans around the world witnessed one of the worst received and performed UFC pay per views in recent history and even company president, Dana White was unhappy with the main card. The main event showcased a twenty five minute decision ride of Renan Barao en route to claiming his [...]
“UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao” took place Saturday inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Canada.
Last night’s fights were met with very little fanfare, and now we all know why. Despite making their long-awaited debut in Calgary, and having Bret “The Hitman” Hart in attendance, ticket-payers were far from thrilled with the show’s product.
Boos rained down from the rafters for most...
Urijah Faber (26-5, 135) vs. Renan Barao (30-1, 1 no contest,135) for the interim bantamweight title
Faber tries to catch the leg of Barao but is unsuccessful. Barao lands a counter left on Faber. Faber is trying to mount offense but he just doesn't seem to be able to hit Barao in a way that hurts him. Faber throwing some jabs but its not the type of offense that...
UFC 149 saw a new champion crowned, an interim champ that is.
Renan Barao pushed his winning streak to 29 fights by beating Urijah Faber via unanimous decision to win the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship on Saturday night.
Barao made not have gotten the finish, but he decisively beat Faber thanks to his reach and his kicks. Each round he managed to out-point Faber and stay out...
In the main event at UFC 149, Renan Barao captured the interim bantamweight championship by defeating Urijah Faber in a five round battle. He dominated Faber for all five rounds and was able to score on all three judges scorecards, 49-46, 50-45, 49-46.
Next for Barao if all the stars align, is a unification bout for the undisputed UFC bantamweight championship against champ Dominick...
The fight that was expected to excite had the fans in Calgary boo’ing at times and even chanted “Boring” following the fight.
The entire fight had Barao landing the cleaner shots, with Faber just coming up short. Somewhat reminiscent to the featherweight title fight between Faber and Barao’ Nova Uniao stablemate Jose Aldo as Barao chipped away with leg kicks and used his...
Main Card (PPV) Weight Class Red Corner Blue Corner Method Round Time Notes Bantamweight Urijah Faber vs Renan Barao Note 1 Middleweight Hector Lombard vs Tim Boetsch Heavyweight Cheick Kongo vs Shawn Jordan Welterweight Brian Ebersole def. James Head Split Decision Welterweight Chris Clements def. Matt Riddle Arm-Triangle Preliminary Card (FX) Middleweight bout...
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The night was filled with action, but that action had plenty of judges scorecards needed. There were a couple of split decisions, some unanimous decisions and a few fantastic finishes. The main card was lack lustre at best, with Hector Lombard disappointing in his UFC debut, as Tim Boetsch pushed through him to a split decision victory. The main event...
McNeill recorded a podcast to talk about the seven second KO, why the boo birds were out in full force, Urijah Faber eating Renan Barao’s foot and a host of bunch more things that happened at UFC 149. Here’s the link to download the MP3.
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Tonight the UFC invades Calgary for UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao. The event takes place at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The main event is an interim featherweight title fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao. With the co-main event featuring the debut of former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard, as he takes on Tim Boetsch.
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46).
Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27).James Head def. Brian Ebersole by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).Matt Riddle def. Chris Clements by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:02 of round three...