Former WEC featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber looks to reinvent himself as a top bantamweight in the world when he debuts at 135-pounds at WEC 52 against Takeya Mizugaki on Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.
Faber’s goals at bantamweight are simple, defeat who is put in front of him and get to a title fight.
“Basically I’m just going to beat everybody up. That’s the main game plan and whoever they put in front of me. Mizugaki is first and then whoever else after that,” Faber told MMAWeekly Radio.
“The California Kid” wants to show he’s one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world by becoming a two-division champion.
“When you talk about the pound for pound best, competing in multiple weight classes is a deciding factor I would say. I’m one of the guys that I think is able to do that, and I’ve taken care of the hard part, which is being champion of the heavier weight,” said Faber. “Now it’s time to establish myself at this lower weight and keep building from there.”
Faber’s not only out to get another title and secure himself as one of the best pound for pound fighters, he’s looking the solidify his legacy.
“I’m going to establish myself at 135, but I’m not against moving up or down in weight, and I never really have been,” stated Faber. “If everything goes as planned I’d like to, before it’s all said and done, I’d like to fight in a couple of different weight classes and go down in history as one of the best fighters ever.”
Faber holds a win over current WEC bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz and makes no secret about wanting to fight him again.
“I’ve got a lot of friends at the 135-pound weight class and he’s not one of them, so that’s a good opportunity for me,” said Faber.
Cruz has a title defense scheduled against Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 on Dec. 16, and while Faber will be rooting for Jorgensen to win, he’d still relish the opportunity to get another victory over Cruz eventually.
“I would like to fight Cruz again at some point. We’ll see what happens. Maybe he can challenge me for the title.”
Faber has to get past Mizugaki on Nov. 11, but has his sights set on the 135-pound belt whether it’s his next fight or the fight after that, and would like it to be sooner than later.
“I’ll ask them for it. I’m asking for it right now I guess, but they don’t care what I want. They know what I want. I want to be the best. It’s whatever they feel is best for the organization,” said the Alpha Male trained athlete. “Whether they think it’s deserving, that’s up to them, but I’ve put some time into this sport, so I don’t think anyone’s going to argue about a title shot whether it’s the next fight or the fight after that. I’m pretty sure if I keep winning I’ll be right there.”