Michael (Mayday) McDonald and Urijah (The California Kid) Faber were forced to reevaluate their respective approaches to fighting following losses to interim bantamweight champ Renan (Barao) Pegado.
For Faber, he needed to resharpen his mental focus.
After a scheduled title fight against 135-pound titleholder Dominick Cruz fell through, Faber lost a lopsided unanimous decision last year to Pegado at UFC 149.
Faber said he had to rediscover his love for MMA following the defeat.
“A lot of people don't know the whole background to that fight and how it was kind of a letdown to be in that situation,” Faber told reporters at a UFC press conference Thursday. “I was coming off a year of promoting a fight (against) Dominick Cruz, in the biggest event of the year and a huge payday. There was some animosity there, so it was kind of a down time for me.
“I pride myself on not letting things like that bother me, but it was on my nerves a little bit, it was getting under my skin. Then I went out there and felt like I fought dead a little bit. I had to go realize the things I enjoy about this sport, regroup and get in a different mindset for the (subsequent) year, which you guys have seen -- three big wins.”