UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald admires divisional superstar Urijah Faber and has for a long time. Be that as it may, he still wouldn’t mind punching him in the face a few times en route to further enhancing his claim as one of the best young fighters in Mixed Martial Arts.

McDonald was approached about the possibility of being paired after his impressive outing against Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 26, saying he had no problem putting personal feelings aside when it came to competition inside the cage.

“To me, this sport isn’t about having to hate people. Brad is a good friend of mine, one of the good people you meet. There’s a few people you meet in this sport that are just good guys – Urijah’s a good guy,” explained McDonald in a comment captured by MMAJunkie, explaining he first met his fellow Californian as a teenager. “He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. Since my very first fight I’ve known him.”

While the 16-2 McDonald isn’t opposed to facing the former WEC champion, he’s not necessarily seeking the scrap either – simply open to accepting it.

“If it happens, it happens. Just like what happened with me and Brad Pickett. We touch gloves, and we beat the crap out of each other, (and) hopefully make some money. This is our job, and let’s do it,” McDonald stated, concluding the clash would come, “Whenever the time calls for it.”

Faber was also at the post-event press conference and expressed similar sentiments. “The California Kid” holds a 29-6 record and is currently on a three-fight winning streak, adding his latest victory by way of decision over Iuri Alcantara.