Urijah Faber will look to rebound from a third unsuccessful UFC title shot when he faces #13 ranked bantamweight prospect Alex Caceres at UFC 175. With Faber ranked #1 in the division, the bout could be seen as a surprising decision by the promotion, though with Faber having already fought those ranked 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 in the current bantamweight rankings – as well as TJ Dillashaw, ranked #4, being a teammate and friend - this is logically the best available option.
Faber has gone 6-3 since signing with the UFC, and his three sole losses have come in title fights. ‘The California Kid’ is known as one of the greatest ‘lighter weight’ fighters of all time, and his sportsmanship and talent has led to the 35 year-old becoming one of the most popular figures in the sport. His most recent fight came against current champion Renan Barao at UFC 169, with Barao defeating Faber via first round knockout. However, Faber came into the fight on late notice and many felt that the stoppage was early.
Now looking to build another run to a title shot, a fight for the belt may not be as far away as it first seems. Faber’s somewhat controversial loss to Barao snapped a four-fight winning streak, and the Californian may just need to put together a string of two or three wins to earn another opportunity to fight for UFC gold. With current teammate TJ Dillashaw fighting for the title next, a Dillashaw win could throw a spanner in the works. Caceres will look to end any hopes of Faber fighting for a title once again.
‘Bruce Leeroy’ has gone unbeaten in his last five, with the sole blemish being an overturned win, and this run has led to Caceres getting the biggest opportunity of his career. The 25 year old impressed while appearing on the TUF 14 season, with his charisma and creative striking making him one of the more memorable cast members on the series. After losing three of his first four Octagon appearances, the future looked bleak for Caceres, but he went on to win seven of his last eight and has come into his own since moving to the bantamweight division.
The bout was confirmed by UFC officials after the pair verbally agreed to the bout on Twitter.
— Michael J. Bautista (@MikeJBknows) April 28, 2014
— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) May 13, 2014
UFC 175 is headlined by the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, and will be held at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV on July 5.