by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s likely to be the fight that headlines the first ever WEC pay-per-view, and even though former champion Urijah Faber is only days removed from his latest win, he’s already breaking down his next opponent, featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Watching a DVD of all of Aldo’s 18 fights, Faber believes that he can find a weakness in the game of a fighter who has looked nearly unbeatable in all of his fights in the WEC. The “California Kid” is confident he’ll have the kryptonite to Aldo’s Superman.
“It’s going to be a close fight, but the advantage point for me is first off the speed neutralizing him, and second having an advantage in the grappling, and understanding what his weapons are,” Faber explained when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio last week. “His knees and kicks are going to be one thing, and his hands, but being aware of it is going to make it easier for me.”
The champion sounded confident when he entered the cage following Faber’s win in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., last weekend, letting everyone know that he didn’t plan on giving up the title anytime soon.
“Aldo’s got the champion’s mentality. I really think he believes no one’s going to take his belt,” Faber commented.
Urijah Faber tends to differ with Aldo on who is going to end up with the belt.
“I believe that is my belt, and that I am going to take it, and that’s what great fights are,” he said. “It’s just basically two guys that are top dogs, two guys who are alpha males, and dedicated to their art, and looking forward to a fight.”
The timing for the Faber vs. Aldo fight is still up in the air, but most believe it will be the headlining bout when the WEC debuts on pay-per-view in 2010. The former champion has a perfect timetable of his own, but leaves it up to the WEC to decide when he gets to compete again.
“I would say mid-May would probably be ideal for me,” Faber commented. “Mid-May, maybe late April, that’s kind of close, but I feel great. I don’t really take time off. I’m ready to fight, I’m ready to get this belt, to continue to build my name, and blow up MMA and the light weight classes and the WEC.”
The fight will quite possibly be the biggest in the WEC’s history, and a guaranteed fan favorite when the two featherweights mix it up later this year.