The events of UFC 199 seemed to have been enough to push Urijah Faber into retirement.
The former WEC featherweight champion entered his third unsuccessful bid at securing UFC gold, the fourth if you include an interim-title loss to Renan Barao back in 2012, and it was his oldest and bitterest rival, Dominick Cruz that denied him once again. The loss also saw him fall to 2-1 against Cruz, perhaps an even tougher pill to swallow.
In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Faber suggested that it might prove to be the final battle of a storied 13-year career.
However, given some time to digest the defeat, ‘The California Kid’ has obviously decided against ending his lengthy run on that disappointing note, as it has been announced that he will face Jimmie Rivera at the UFC’s September 10th show in Cleveland, Ohio.
Initially it was announced that he would take on Francisco Rivera, but that turned out to have been a mix-up(via MMAJunkie).
Jimmie Rivera is a 27-year-old bantamweight fighting out of New Jersey. He made his UFC debut last year, taking out Marcus Brimage in the opening round. He has since logged two further victories, both by decision, moving his record to 19-1 overall. His only official loss came via split decision to Jason McClean in just his second professional fight, but he was also beaten via TKO by Dennis Bermudez on The Ultimate Fighter season 14.
This is a huge step up in class for Rivera, and to make matters worse for ‘El Terror’, Faber has historically been very dangerous coming off of a loss. In fact, the resilient Team Alpha Male founder has never lost consecutive bouts at any point in his 42-fight professional career.
UFC 203 is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Cleveland’s own champion Stipe Miocic and dangerous Dutch striker Alistair Overeem. In the co-main event, former champion Fabricio Werdum faces Ben Rothwell.