Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber will fight tonight in a battle between the #2 and #3 Bantamweights in the world.
Urijah Faber has been a perennial threat at Bantamweight in the UFC for years. Faber has defeated the who’s who of the division, but has yet to be crowned as champion. He is currently on an impressive three fight winning streak, including two submission victories over Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar. A win tonight over the young gun, Michael McDonald, could give Faber his third shot at UFC gold.
Michael McDonald is looking to make a statement tonight by finishing Urijah Faber. At 22 years old, McDonald will be fighting for the seventh time inside the Octagon. He has only tasted defeat once at the hands of interim champion, Renan Barao. A win tonight would solidify him as the number 1 contender, and possibly get him a rematch with Barao for the undisputed Bantamweight title next year.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Faber with a head kick, and gets a quick takedown. Faber picks up McDonald and slams him. McDonald is fishing for a triangle, and Urijah’s arm is locked up. Faber gets his arm free and lands some ground and pound. Body shots from Faber. Big elbow from Faber. Elbows from the bottom from McDonald. McDonald is throwing up another triangle. Herb Dean stands them up for inactivity. Inside leg kick from Faber. McDonald attempts a takedown, but is stuffed. Push kick from Faber. Head kick from Faber is partially blocked. Faber catches a kick and lands a left hook. Big left hook misses for McDonald. Combination lands for McDonald. Jab from Faber. Right hand from Faber. Overhand left lands for Faber. 10-9 Faber for the ground control and more effective striking.
Round 2: Teep kick from Faber as McDonald misses a big hook. Big uppercut for McDonald misses. Head kick for Faber. Lead left hook from Faber that is countered by McDonald. Low blow, and the fight is stopped momentarily. Push kick from Faber. Big right hand hurts McDonald and he is stunned. Faber with a big front kick to the face, but McDonald lands a bomb of his own. That was an unbelievable exchange. McDonald has recovered, but Faber clips him with a left. Push kick from Faber again. Left hook from McDonald. Leg kick from McDonald. Head kick lands for McDonald and Faber looks rocked. Faber lands a huge counter right. Faber is attacking, throws McDonald to the ground and is latched on a guillotine. McDonald is in trouble. Faber in deep on the guillotine and McDonald taps. Unbelievable performance by Urijah Faber. Give that man another title shot.
Official Decision: Urijah Faber defeats Michael McDonald by submission (guillotine choke) Round 2 (3:22)
Here is a GIF of the finish (courtesy of Zombie Prophet):