by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber expects to return to action in January, but an opponent has yet to be named for “The California Kid.”

Faber confirmed during the WEC 43 broadcast on Oct. 10 that January appears to be when he’ll fight again. “That would be perfect timing for me,” Faber told MMAWeekly.com “I’m hoping it is January.”

No opponent has been named, but the 30-year-old fighter anticipates a tough match up.

“I imagine I’ll get a tough opponent. That’s the way mixed martial arts is the best fights the best. I’m looking forward to challenging myself and putting the smack down on somebody,” he said.

Faber last competed at WEC 41 on June 7, losing by decision to current titleholder Mike Brown. He has since been sidelined due to hand injuries suffered during the bout, and is eager to get back to doing what he does best.

“I’m just ready to compete against anybody. The way it is now, everybody is tough. It’s a crap-shoot in there,” said the Team Alpha Male trained featherweight. “I feel like I’ll have the upper hand on anyone I face, but no one is going to be a walk in the park.

“This is going to be a big one for me, and I’m hoping it’s going to be against an opponent that also puts on great shows. I’m definitely going to get the win. It’s going to be a special fight for me.”