Urijah “The California Kid” Faber will make his first appearance in the UFC and his second as a bantamweight tomorrow night when he takes on Eddie Wineland on the main card of UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones. The former WEC poster boy recently spoke with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani about the fight and why he sees himself winning on Saturday night.
Wineland, who won his most recent fight with a vicious slam knockout, has earned nine of his eighteen career wins via knockout or technical knockout and he has said repeatedly that he plans on doing the same to Faber, who unsurprisingly sees things going differently.
“That’s what he’s gotta have confidence in, what else are you gonna do? Turn away and cower? The guy’s a fighter, he’s here to fight, his best weapons are his hands,” said Faber. “He’s not gonna knock me out.”
Faber believes that he will be too well-rounded and too experienced for Wineland to deal with and he reiterated that statement when asked by Helwani if he believed that Wineland had never fought anyone like him before.
“A hundred percent and I’ve said that before. Not that he hasn’t fought other guys that are good fighters as well, it’s just that I’m on a different level than the guys he’s fought,” he asserted. “He was too, he beat them all, the last four guys. This is gonna be a little bit of a test for him and, if I do everything like I plan on, it should be a win for me.”
Faber and Wineland square off tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; don’t forget to revisit FightLine.com in order to check out our live, ongoing coverage of the fights!