ANAHEIM – “The California Kid” Urijah Faber is back with a win in front of his home state. Once again defeating MMA pioneer Ivan Menjivar, but this time with a completion at UFC 157.
It only took one round for Faber to torque down a rear-naked choke from the backpack position (taking back on opponent standing). After a few scrambles on the ground, Faber proved to pull dominant position repeatedly. It wasn’t long before Faber landed on the back of Menjivar.
Official: Urijah Faber defeats Ivan Menjivar via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:34.
Faber was recently mentioned by UFC president Dana White as being on the chopping block with a loss tonight. He proved to rise to the challenge after suffering a loss to current interim-champ Renan Barao at UFC 149. Urijah had been on a recent up-and-down skid, falling short in championship fights. With tonight’s performance, we may just see the resurgence of the dominating WEC champ.