Urijah Faber is booked to fight Frankie Saez and UFC 194, but according to the renowned veteran, the UFC had plans for him to fight another contender.
Recently the UFC announced that Faber will throw down with Saenz on December 12th, which will mark the first time “The California Kid” has fought since May, when he was decisioned by Frankie Edgar. Faber recently spoke with MMA Fighting.com, and while doing so, the bantamweight claimed that originally, the UFC was targeting a bout with Bryan Caraway.
“We did have someone that backed out of the fight, for whatever reason,” Faber said. “We were supposed to actually headline, it was supposed to be Caraway and I headlining the TUF Finale and he didn’t take the fight.”
“He brought Eddie Wineland out of retirement who had broken his jaw and decided he was done fighting, and Caraway calls him out,” Faber added. “Now he’s calling out Michael McDonald, who we haven’t seen since he vanished like a fart in the wind after our fight. So, you know, if you want to step up, let’s do it. So yeah, he didn’t take the fight.”
Huh. Chances are Caraway and his camp have a different take on how things went down, but a fight with Faber certainly would have been interesting. Caraway is currently ranked #7, and the only man to defeat him in his last four outings is top contender, Raphael Assuncao.
McDonald was submitted by Faber back in December, 2013, and was dealing with a hand injury following the loss.
UFC 194 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on interim champ, Conor McGregor.