Fresh off his win against Michael McDonald (16-3), Urijah Faber (30-6) has won all four of his fights this year. Of those four, three have been won by submission and one via unanimous decision. What makes this feat even greater is that Faber is thirty-four years old.
His recent performances along with his age have caused UFC President Dana White to compare Faber with Brazilian middleweight Vitor Belfort (24-10).
“Faber is in this Vitor zone right now. The older he gets the better he gets.”
At thirty-six years old, Belfort has won ten of his last twelve fights. And those two losses came from middleweight champ Anderson Silva (33-5) and light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (19-1). “The Phenom” has dominated all of his other opponents, which include the likes of: Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping, and Dan Henderson.
Similarly, since 2010, Faber has only dropped bouts to world champs Jose Aldo (23-1), Dominick Cruz (19-1), and Renan Barao (31-1). He’s absolutely dominated all of his other recent opponents.
The comparison between Belfort and Faber is a fair one. Like Belfort, Faber has been improving his fighting skills with time and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Now the question remains: will White give Faber a title shot like he’s doing for Belfort?