Urijah Faber isn’t taking any easy fights in his return to mixed martial arts.
Five months after knocking out bantamweight prospect Ricky Simon in just 46 seconds in Sacramento, “The California Kid” has agreed to face Petr Yan at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting. ESPN first reported the news.
Yan (13-1) has won eight in a row since 2016, including UFC victories over the likes of John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera and Teruto Ishihara. The former ACB bantamweight champion has only lost once as a professional, avenging that defeat to Magomed Magomedov a year later in 2017.
Faber (35-10) stepped away from the sport after defeating Brad Pickett via decision in 2016, but eventually came back to face Simon almost three years later. The former WEC titleholder and UFC contender competed in grappling matches during his time away from MMA.
Both Yan and Faber have traded shots on social media over the past few weeks.