Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber was once considered a top ten pound for pound fighter and was easily considered the best featherweight fighter in the world. That all changed when Faber unexpectedly lost his belt at the hands of Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 36 and failed to regain it from Brown in their rematch two fights later. Despite losing some of his luster, Faber is now set to make his second attempt at regaining the belt; this time against the man who dethroned Brown: Jose Aldo.
After both of his losses to Brown, Faber posted impressive wins over veteran Jens Pulver and Brazilian Jiu jitsu black belt Raphael Assuncao, respectively. Combining a mixture of athleticism and ingenuity, Faber is undoubtedly still one of the best in the world. Aldo and Faber will be fighting this weekend at the WEC’s first pay-per-view show, WEC 48, which will take place in Faber’s backyard of Sacramento, CA. In a recently released hype video for the fight, Faber gave his thoughts on his opponent and why he is poised to take the belt.
“Jose Aldo is no doubt the guy right now that is beating everyone,” said Faber. “He’s been walking through guys. There’s a lot of statements that he’s made out there and I’m not discrediting that, I’m not looking past that. I know that he’s a dangerous fighter and this is the kind of fight that I want.”
Those of you who have not had the pleasure of watching Jose Aldo fight should take some time this week to do so. There are few fighters more exciting than Aldo and it will not take you long to see why he appears on many pundits’ pound for pound lists. Faber understands the hype surrounding Aldo but believes that he has the answer to defeating the Brazilian.
“He’s an explosive fighter; he’s got those knees and those kicks that are deadly,” said Faber. “Speed is gonna be a factor here and it’s gonna be a neutralizing factor. I think what it’s gonna come down to now is who is the better fighter and I’ve got my money on myself.”
Obviously not short on confidence, Faber elaborates on why he will win against Aldo.
“I’ve got an advantage in most areas of the game,” he said. “I’ve got some heavy hands and some knees and elbows that I’m known for putting damage on guys [with]. So everything else comes down to who’s going to be able to implement. Although he’s a black belt [in Brazilian Jiu jitsu], I’ve faced many black belts and I’ve submitted black belts; I’ve beaten black belts. I can’t wait to come out on top. I’m gonna get that belt.”
This match up is an interesting one. Although Faber does have two losses to Mike Brown that have damaged his once-invincible aura, he did prove in their last fight that he has the heart of a warrior by going all five rounds with Brown despite breaking his right hand and dislocating his left early on in the fight. Aldo is currently in the position that Faber was in just a short time ago and Faber is out to prove that he is the same fighter who once dominated the featherweight division.
It is hard to envision a scenario where a fight between Aldo and Faber is not an exciting, hundred-mile-an-hour affair and even though the WEC may not attract as many viewers on pay-per-view as it did on basic cable, those who do pony up the cash for the show will likely be treated to a possible Fight of the Year candidate.