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 Jan. appears to be when he'll fight again. "That would be perfect timing for me," Faber told "I'm hoping it's 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," said Faber.

Faber last competed at WEC 41 on June 7, losing by decision to current titleholder Mike Brown and has been sidelined due to hand injuries suffered during the bout. He's 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."

"I can't wait to get back in there. This is what I do. This is what I love," he added. "This is going to be my coming back party after a great fight where I was injured and fought through some adversity.

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."

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