FightPost MMA Fighter of The Week: Urjiah Faber
By James Heaney
In the shadow of an eventful UFC 239, and just prior of a controversial main event stoppage, Urjiah Faber made a victorious return to the octagon.
A week earlier, there had been questions around fellow veterans Luke Rockhold, Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez and what the future might hold after their losses. Fabers last fight was a unanimous decision in the same arena- but he only needed 46 seconds to score a knockout win over the favourite on the night, Ricky Simon.
Two and a half years out in the fight game is a life time, and it’s easy for the sport to pass people by. Faber has stayed in the USADA testing pool and any suggestion that this was a one off, hometown appearance, was put to bed in his post fight comments to Michael Bisping. The call out of Cejudo was premature, but it appears that we might be seeing Faber again in the octagon, for the right fight.
It’s not just the performance of the night victory that gives Faber our fighter of the week. The fan favourite returned in front of a home crowd, including Cody Garbrandt and as the Head Coach of Team Alpha Male, witnessed many of his stable mates pick up impressive wins- Josh Emmett, Andre Fili and Benito Lopez all victorious.
Ahead of the fight Fili paid tribute to his mentor and leader Faber. As he detailed, Team Alpha Male continue to be “on the march together” and it was great to see a legend, their leader back in the octagon.
Talk of a title shot may be too early, but the Hall of Famer and highest paid athlete of the night continues to show his skills as a fighter and also as a coach helping develop the next generation of fighters through Team Alpha Male.