LAS VEGAS -- On the featherweight division's biggest night, it was only fitting that the man who proved the lighter weight classes can be drawing cards had a chance to shine.
In the end, Faber had enough in the tank to earn the victory. The judges' scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 in favor of Faber in the featured prelim bout of UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The opening round was a close affair, as both fighters stuck and moved, landed shots, and didn't give each other an inch in the clinch.
The second round featured a vintage Faber flurry, as he landed a knee, then poured on all sorts of standing elbows, punches and knees in an attempt to finish the fight.
The tough-as-nails Saenz (11-3), however, not only didn't quit, but somehow came out of the onslaught in top position. Saenz appeared the fresher fighter as the second round came to an end.
In the third round, both fighters let it all out, but Faber landed more and scored a pair of timely takedowns to seal the deal.
"What a warrior man," said Faber (33-8), who has won three of his past four fights. "I know I was in for some tough, tough business. I'm so glad I got that win, that was a very tough fight."
"Him or Dominick, either one," he said.