For the third UFC event a row, we're going to have some solid California representation, if not direct Bay Area participation. We've taken to covering Northern and, at times, Southern California mixed martial arts in the past and that's going to continue. Perhaps the most popular California-based fighter period is Urijah Faber. At the very least, Faber has some of the most visible and outspoken fans.
The Sacramento-based and Isla Vista, CA-born Faber will be taking on Renan Barao for the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. The champion, Dominique Cruz, is out with an injury for an extended period of time, so Faber will be trying to show he's still got it against Barao, who many think is poised to dominate for years to come.
Outside of that, Faber's teammate at Team Alpha Male, Bryan Caraway, will be in action. He's fighting out of Sacramento with Faber, while Court McGee fights out of San Diego, CA. Lastly, Francisco Rivera was born in Whittier, CA and fights out of Buena Park, CA. Below, we've got the full fight card for your perusal.
Renan Barao (28-1, 1 NC) vs. Urijah Faber (26-5)
Hector Lombard (31-2-1, 1 NC) vs. Tim Boetsch (15-4)
Shawn Jordan (13-3) vs. Cheick Kongo (17-7-2)
James Head (8-2) vs. Brian Ebersole (50-14-1, 1 NC)
Matt Riddle (6-3) vs. Chris Clements (11-4)
Preliminary Card (FX)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)