WATCH: Irish fans roar as Urijah Faber closes out prelims with hard-fought decision victory
"Fighting out California by way of Dublin, Ireland."
You'd have sworn that Urijah Faber was one of our own as he made the walk to the octagon at UFC 194.
The bantamweight got the biggest pop of the prelims as he took on a very game Frankie Saenz before the main card got underway.
Faber was 1/6 favourite to get the better of Saenz but experienced some trouble early on and couldn't even get the finish when a knockout victory looked inevitable early on in the second round.
But the veteran dug deep and earned the nod on all judges' scorecards by intelligently chaining his wrestling together in the final round to secure a unanimous decision victory.
And as Bruce Buffer read out the cards,the loudest cheer of the night (up to that point) arrived.
The California Kid @UrijahFaber takes it on an unanimous decision! Irish fans are happy! #UFC194 https://t.co/GXJfTzBEIF
— Setanta Sports (@SetantaSports) December 13, 2015
Fans in here love Faber. The TUF series endeared him to the Irish fans. Would have been a brutal week for TAM if he lost #UFC194
— John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) December 13, 2015
The Irish love Faber. #UFC194
— River Tuccaro. (@River_Tuccaro) December 13, 2015
Urijah Faber playing to the Irish crowd and loving it.
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 13, 2015