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UFC on Fox 9: Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

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The California Kid Urijah Faber battles Michael McDonald. With a victory, Faber moves closer to another bantamweight title shot against either Renan Barao or Dominick Cruz.

Round 1. The fight quickly goes to the mat after a Faber takedown. McDonald tied Faber up in his guard then used the cage for leverage to gain position. He attempted a triangle choke, but Faber kept his head tight and out of position for McDonald to get the hold on. McDonald had Faber locked up in his legs, but Faber was able to land a couple of hard elbows that bloodied McDonald’s nose. Referee Herb Dean eventually stood the fighters up with about two minutes left in the round. Faber threw a roundhouse right, followed by some leg kicks. Neither fighter was in control in the first round, although Faber landed a few more punches in the round.

Round 2: fighters traded punches for the first minute until referee Herb Dean stopped the action briefly when Faber kicled McDonald low. Faber landed with a big right hand and then a leg kick that wobbled McDonald after the action resumed. Faber is landing a lot more punches. Faber caught him with a big right hand that sent McDonald flying across the cage and Faber jumped on him and slapped on a modified version of the guillotine choke. McD0nald tapped at 3:32 of the second round and the Sacramento crowd erupted on its feet for the hometown kid, Faber, as though he were Daniel Bryan in Seattle.