Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will be making his UFC debut this March 19 at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones against Eddie Wineland in what will be his second fight at 135lbs.
“UFC 128 is gonna be my debut in the UFC and it’s gonna be two of the most exciting 135 pounders in the world.”
A former WEC bantamweight champion and winner of two Knockout of the Night bonuses in the promotion, Eddie Wineland, too, will be making his UFC debut at UFC 128. On a four-fight winning streak, Wineland is well-established as one of the more dangerous competitors in the bantamweight division, but Faber believes he will emerge victorious on the night by virtue of his more well-rounded assault.
“Eddie Wineland is a very good opponent, his style is very exciting,” Faber says. “When it comes down to match ups, that’s what I like to see. I feel like, as a threat, he’s a threat in one area: he’s a dangerous stand up guy. But, he’s facing a guy that’s good at everything. I’ve made that my goal, to become a well-rounded fighter and I’m dangerous in every aspect of this game.”
“The California Kid” is planning on utilizing that multi-pronged offense to put Wineland away within the distance.
“I’m the better guy here. There’s no doubt in my mind that I should be winning this fight, it’s just a matter of how I get it done,” he said. “I’m willing to stand, I’m willing to take it to the ground, whatever opportunity he gives me to finish the fight, that’s what I’m looking for, that’s what I’ll be happy with.”
Stopping short of predicting a specific ending to the bout, Faber prophesies a barnburner between himself and Wineland, promising to deliver the goods for all true MMA fans.
“If you’ve watched Eddie Wineland, if you’ve watched Urijah Faber, there’s two things that happen,” said Faber. “One is that they go a hundred miles per hour and the other is they go for the kill. If you’re looking for a great fight which exemplifies what mixed martial arts is all about, then you’re in for a treat.”