by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been the rare instance for Urijah Faber to come into a fight as an underdog, and not carrying the WEC featherweight title. The “California Kid” will look to remedy all that when he faces Jose Aldo on Saturday night at WEC 48, while trying to reclaim his spot as the best featherweight in the sport.
Heading into the first ever WEC pay-per-view, Faber has been the media hound for the promotion, handling a slew of interviews and press commitments, but the Sacramento, Calif., based fighter says that’s nothing new and it didn’t take anything away from his preparation for Aldo.
“It’s been pretty steady for me the last couple years. There’s been a lot of PR, and a lot of different stuff that didn’t always pertain to the fight 100 percent, so I’m kind of used to it by now, and it’s in my hometown so that cuts down the stress a little bit. I don’t have to travel anywhere,” said Faber when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.
Prior to his first loss to Mike Brown, it was Faber who was in a similar position that Jose Aldo currently sits: a champion with an almost unbeatable aura around him, and a shield of invincibility only seen in comic books.
Faber knows that Aldo is tough, and he’s a great fighter, but also knows the one thing he’s not is unbeatable.
“Had I not lost those two fights to Mike Brown, I’d be the guy that’s invincible, and so on and so forth. So it’s just a couple small mistakes that made that difference. In my head I’m still invincible, he’s going to have to get in there and prove me wrong,” Faber stated.
If there’s one thing that’s certain heading into Saturday night’s main event, Faber simply will not bow to Aldo just because he’s knocked out every opponent he’s faced in the WEC. He won’t back down, and he won’t be afraid, and Faber hopes that it’s Aldo who knows what he’s in for when they step in the cage together.
“In my head I’m going to beat him up,” said Faber. “It wasn’t that intimidating watching him fight Brown. Brown didn’t look very tough. It was a close first round, and Brown did some horrible stuff on the ground. He kind of got shoved down, off like half of a double, and then turned over to his belly. Thos punches didn’t even look that deadly on top of him, he just had the legs in, so that’s not that intimidating to me.”
Facing adversity is nothing new to the former WEC champion. He fought Mike Brown the second time around with two broken hands for the majority of the fight, and when he couldn’t throw punches, he decided to throw elbow strikes standing.
Faber has decided that this is the fight where he takes a stand, and it’s Jose Aldo who is going to have to put him down to win, because he won’t tap. He won’t give up. He simply will not quit.
“I’m going to need to be unconscious for this fight to end,” said Faber. “I think everyone at home knows that. You could cut off a leg or do whatever you’re going to do, and I’m going to keep hobbling after the guy, and try to take him out. And I’ve got a lot of ways to win.”