by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
The best known and most successful featherweight fighter on the United States MMA scene today, California native Urijah Faber will be at it again tonight against the equally tough Chance Farrar for the World Extreme Cagefighting’s featherweight crown.
This bout, along with many other fights from tonight’s card, will be televised live on the Versus television network beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, while a lead-in show will be on the same channel and will begin at 8 p.m.
‘The California Kid’ Faber comes into this fight with a stellar professional fighting record of 18-1 and has had the distinction of holding featherweight belts in many different American-based fighting organizations throughout his career.
In a recent interview done by MMAWeekly Radio, Faber said of his upcoming fight with Farrar, “I’m ready to rock. I feel good. I met my opponent, he’s a big white boy… I’m lookin’ forward to taking him out.”
With all of his fighting success, Faber is relatively familiar with being in the limelight, but fighting live on cable television for the biggest MMA company in the World seems as though it could be enough to rattle any man. On the other hand, though, MSNBC’s ‘Warrior Nation’ cameras followed Faber in the weeks leading up to his bout with Enoch Wilson and it didn’t seem to faze him then… Faber won by TKO in Round 2.
But how does Faber feel about all of the attention he’s gotten from the media surrounding the WEC in Vegas?
Faber said, “You know there’s been a ton of press and I’m used to it on a smaller scale, but it’s definitely been a different experience with Zuffa. I’m sure that all the big-name fighters have to deal with this kind of stuff, so I’m dealing with it man. It’s definitely good for my name… now I just have to perform.”
Urijah fought in the WEC organization before it was recently purchased by Zuffa, but notices a difference in the company as it is today, “It’s really exciting and I’m really happy to be a part of this bigger Zuffa family because these guys are the best in the world, and we’re looking to rival the UFC as far as exposure goes. It’s all going to come down to the fighters. We’ve got the best promotion behind us now, we’ve got a national audience… everything’s top notch and now it’s just time to put on a show.”
For positive exposure on television tonight though, Urijah will have to perform at his best against his opponent Chance Farrar. Chance is a tough fighter and one of the best wrestlers that Urijah has faced thus far in his career.
Urijah said of Farrar, “I know he’s a real athlete, he’s about four inches taller than me and he’s pretty muscular and he looks like he’s in great shape. I know he’s got some KO’s, so he’s got some hands on him, and his wrestling’s high-level, so it’s going to be a good fight man. I think we’re both going to be looking for the kill and that’s going to make a good fight. I’m looking forward to a battle.”
So when the time comes tonight to fight what can fans expect from the Faber/Farrar title fight? “You know, I think it’s just going to be exciting man. Chance Farrar’s a top-level athlete – I can tell by just meeting the guy – and he’s not intimidated by me and I’m not scared of anybody, so we’re going to throw down and beat the crap out of each other and it’s going to be explosive and I’m going to walk away with the belt,” said Faber in pure championship fashion.