by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Former World Extreme Cagefighting Championship featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber recently inked a six-fight contract with the organization. Faber got the deal he wanted, but the biggest factor in reaching an agreement was that the WEC is where he’s going to face the best competition.
“It was just a matter of getting some things worked out and kind of getting an understanding about what everyone wanted,” Faber told MMAWeekly.com about negotiating his contract. “I feel like I’m with the best team. I’ve got the best stable of fighters to fight against, and I want to be a world champion and that’s the place to do it.
“I’m a competitor first. When I started in this sport, my first fight I got paid $250 to show and $250 to win, and I was fighting as much as six or seven times in one year. It was never about the money to me. It’s about testing myself and proving that I’m the best,” added the Team Alpha Male trained fighter.
“The money has come for all my passion and trying my best, but what it all comes down to is I’m a competitor. I want to get that win back. I want to get on top of the world and be remembered in this sport as the best.”
Faber’s decision to re-sign with the WEC was an easy one. He didn’t give serious consideration to fighting anywhere else.
“There are some other good organizations out there, but I feel like I’m with the best. Zuffa knows what they’re doing. There’s stability there. They’re going to be around for a long time, and it’s kind of like a family with the whole operation,” said 30-year-old featherweight contender. “I’m glad to be part of it. I just have to do my part in order to make all of my goals be reached and that’s why I’m training all day.”
Faber was defeated by current WEC featherweight titleholder Mike Brown for a second time in his last bout on June 7 and suffered a broken hand that’s kept him on the sideline, but “The California Kid” expects to be back in the cage in January.