Urijah Faber managed to score a dream comeback knockout in his UFC Sacramento co-main-event matchup last night, TKO’ing Ricky Simon in under a minute.
And make no mistake, there were quite a few people who were questioning The California Kid after he decided to end his retirement at the age of 40 to take on one of the top prospects in the bantamweight division in Simon.
Overall, the fact that Faber was able to pull off his first win by strikes since 2007 in a fight of this magnitude is pretty amazing and now, whether you believe in his title-aspirations or not, he will at the very least find himself in a position to take on a ranked opponent.
Simon entered the contest with an unbeaten 3-0 record in the octagon and just as UFC commentator Michael Bisping was commending Urijah for taking a fight this dangerous, the legendary former WEC champ managed to connect flush on the chin of the prospect, setting into motion the follow-up shots that would lead to the finish.
Urijah Faber knocks out Ricky Simon 46 seconds into his comeback fight!
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 14, 2019
Faber, with this win, moves to 35-10 as a professional and in some ways, could well find himself fighting against a top-10 opponent next time around if all goes well.
Taking to the mic directly afterwards, the hometown hero received rapturous applause as he spoke to Bisping and expressed his delight with how things had played out while also taking slight jabs at UFC president Dana White and divisional champion Henry Cejudo.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena