Urijah Faber's latest title shot may have come by default after former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz suffered a torn groin. One which forced "The Dominator" out of his UFC 169 championship bout against the now-undisputed 135-pound champion Renan Barao.
But that doesn't mean "The California Kid" isn't deserving of the opportunity.
That's according to UFC President Dana White, who stopped by "FOX Sports Live" to answer once and for all if this would be that last chance for Faber to obtain a world title with the Las Vegas, Nevada-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion after coming up short in his previous two bouts.
According to White, people who say Faber has received one title shot too many are failing to realize that Urijah has actually earned the right to be in that position.
"Here's the thing, what people have to understand is, look how long it took Urijah Faber to get back to this title shot. Look at what he's done, you can't deny the kid. Listen, if you don't like Urijah Faber, I get it, you don't like him. But to say he doesn't deserve to be in this title shot, it's absolutely insane. Normally a guy will lose a fight and sometimes he falls off and never makes it back to the title. Urijah Faber is so good, he's coming off the best year he's ever had, he's never looked better and I like guys that stay active. I like the fact that, first of all, when you stay active, your cardio is better, your timing is on and for him to take this fight this soon against Barao, I love this fight and I think this fight is going to be a war."
Faber reeled off four straight stoppage victories in 2013, all coming after losing out on becoming the interim bantamweight champion to Renan Barao at UFC 149 in July of 2012.
With stats like that, it's definitely hard to argue against the decision to put Urijah as Dominick's replacement. And at 34 years of age, Faber has shown that he still has plenty to offer to the fight game and win over Renan on Feb. 1, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey would be a perfect cap to his current run.
But should he lose again to the scrappy Brazilian, that doesn't mean Faber's days of fighting for a UFC title are necessarily over. If he manages to rack up another four or five straight victories, "The California Kid" could be right back in a main event UFC title fight for the fourth time.
What are UFC officials supposed to do, not award a championship fight to the hottest fighter in the division?