As most MMA fans and pundits expected (or hoped), considering where they sit in the bantamweight rankings, the UFC has announced that Urijah Faber will throw down with Michael McDonald next. The bout will co-headline UFC on FOX 9, which will take place in Sacramento, California on December 14th.

Now, according to UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani, the promotion is also hoping to book Anthony Pettis versus TJ Grant for the card, but Grant reportedly said he’d prefer to fight in January. The lightweight was forced to withdraw from UFC 164 last month due to a serious concussion.

Faber (29-6) fought at UFC FN 26 on August 17th, and worked his way to a unanimous decision over Yuri Alcantara. The win was “The California Kid’s” third straight since he was defeated by interim champ Renan Barao last July.

McDonald (16-2) is also coming off a win at UFN 26, as the rising star tapped out Brad Pickett with a second round, triangle-choke. The victory got “Mayday” back on the winning track, after he was submitted by Barao at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February.

So, not only is that a great fight which features the #2 ranked bantamweight in Faber and the #3 McDonald, but considering their abilities it could be a barnburner.

Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for more on this story and all your UFC news.

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Uriah… He’s just a hair short of being a champion…

Richie Benson

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If i could just see Faber get his ass kicked once i’d be a happy camper ….

Great matchup! I’ve been expecting this fight for awhile.

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Should be an awesome fight. Urijah will not want to stay on his feet for long with McDonald and McDonald can’t grapple with Urijah.

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Been wanting to see this one.

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@CagedInsider thats fucking dope macdonalds a worthy contender for faber unlike most at 135

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This fight will be amazing!

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Snooze time urijah..

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