Sources close to the fight have confirmed the likely matchup with MMAWeekly.com, though official agreements have not yet been signed for the bout.
Despite losing in convincing fashion to Mike Brown at WEC 36 earlier this month via first-round TKO, Faber was likely to receive an immediate opportunity to reclaim his title. However, torn rib cartilage has sidelined Brown from defending his newly-claimed title at the promotion’s January event and Faber will instead battle Pulver for the second time.
Faber and Pulver previously met at WEC 34 in June with Faber getting the best of the former UFC lightweight champion in an exciting five-round unanimous decision victory.
Prior to his loss to Brown, Faber had won 13-straight fights, including title defenses over notables Jeff Curran and Pulver. His loss at WEC 36 was just the second of his career, the other coming to notable lightweight Tyson Griffin back in 2005.
Pulver has lost four of his last five fights, though he’s faced some stiff competition in Faber, BJ Penn, Joe Lauzon, and Leonard Garcia. His lone victory over the span was a first-round submission of Cub Swanson in his WEC debut.
WEC 38 is headlined by a lightweight championship fight as WEC 155-pound title-holder Jamie Varner takes on challenger Donald Cerrone in the evening’s main event.
Update: Faber was originally in discussions to face Jose Aldo (12-1) at WEC 38 but will instead rematch Pulver after negotiations with Aldo fell apart in recent days.