NEWARK - Urijah Faber carried World Extreme Championship on his energetic shoulders for a few years. He was the face of the WEC, the Chuck Liddell of the little guys.
So when the UFC absorbed its sister promotion and added the two lower weight classes, few fighters deserved the bigger exposures and paydays than "The California Kid."
Faber, in his second fight at bantamweight, outlasted a game Eddie Wineland and won a unanimous decision at UFC 128 Saturday night at the Prudential Center. All three judges scored it 29-28 in Faber's favor.
"Dominick [Cruz], if you're out there, hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your UFC belt," Faber said. "I'm going to get it."
Cruz is the UFC bantamweight champion.
Wineland (18-7-1) showed excellent takedown defense in the first round and was able to toss aside Faber on several of his shoots. But Faber displayed solid counter-striking.
"Eddie's real tough, he caught me off guard coming at me with the clinch," Faber said.
Faber (25-4) was dominant in the second round as he got Wineland down and kept him down nearly the entire five minutes.
Faber was effective in the latter part of the third round, landing several good head shots and then working for a takedown a short time later. Wineland has stuffed several previous takedown attempts.