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UFC 245: Urijah Faber returns to take on Petr Yan

Former WEC bantamweight champion Urijah Faber (35-10-0) fresh off his first win in the octagon in almost three years, will return to the cage against the upcoming Petr Yan (13-1-0) at December’s UFC 245.

Faber was the unquestioned bantamweight king in an era when the UFC did not have a bantamweight division. Then came the contention for the UFC crown at featherweight and bantamweight. Now, at 40 years old, “The California Kid,” will take on a youngster who dominated Jimmie Rivera, who “retired” Faber just over three years ago.

Yan, 26, is on a eight fight win streak including a dominant win over Rivera in his last bout at UFC 238. He has run through most of his opponents, but even at 40 years old, Faber will be his toughest challenge yet.

UFC 245 is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Current bouts include:

Jose Aldo (28-5-0) vs. Marlon Moraes (22-6-1)

Petr Yan (13-1-0) vs. Urijah Faber (35-10-0)

Kamaru Usman (15-1-0) vs. Colby Covington (15-1-0)

Max Holloway (21-4-0) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1-0)

Amanda Nunes (18-4-0) vs. Germaine de Randamie (9-3-0)

Robbie Lawler (28-14-0) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3-0)

Sergio Pettis (18-5-0) vs. Kai Kara-France (20-7-0)

Punahele Soriano (6-0-0) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-2-1)

Matt Brown (21-16-0) vs. Ben Saunders (22-12-2)

Jessica Eye (14-7-0) vs. Viviane Arajuo (8-1-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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