January 10, 2010
In his last bout, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber broke one hand and dislocated the other. On the same night that Mike Brown -- his opponent in June -- had a comeback win, Faber did the same.
In front of a hometown crowd in Sacramento, Faber showed his hands were just fine, winning decisively with a third-round rear-naked choke of Raphael Assuncao.
Assuncao had a strong first round, but Faber came roaring back in the second round. He was effective with strikes and on the ground.
In the third, Faber smothered Assuncao, landing strikes and elbows from the top position. Assuncao gave up his back, and Faber took full advantage, locking in a tight rear-naked choke. That choke won Faber a $10,000 submission of the night bonus.
With this win, Faber is likely to get a shot at Jose Aldo and the featherweight title. Aldo came into the cage and told Faber and the crowd, "I respect Urijah, but no one is going to take my belt." Faber, who held the featherweight belt for two years, gave a response was simple and direct.
"In my mind, that's always been my belt."
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