by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com

Since the purchase of World Extreme Cagefighting by Zuffa in
2006, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber had become the top star in the
promotion because of his exciting style and relentless aggression, but on
Wednesday night the king dropped his crown as Faber lost his 145lb title to
Mike Brown.


After the fight was over, Faber made no excuses for the
loss, which was on the 2nd of his career and the first loss for him since
September 2005.


“Unfortunate, lost the belt tonight, got caught with a solid
punch and TKO’ed first round,” Faber stated. “I’d rather go out in a blaze of
glory than wither away. I’ll be back, I’ll be back for sure.”


Following his performance, Faber had a chance to review the
fight tape and also stated that he hasn’t been rocked in a fight like that
since the only other loss in his professional career to Tyson Griffin.


“I watched it, I basically came with a back elbow and just
got caught clean with a right,” said Faber. “I came into it and he was throwing
hard and we just collided and he just followed me down and came with some
punches so it is what it is.”


With the WEC’s featherweight division growing at a rapid
pace and more top fighters stepping in at every event, the now former champ is
more than confident that the fighter who beat him is the #1 competitor at


“Yes, he is 100%,” Faber responded when asked if Mike Brown
was the top featherweight in the world now. “We’ll see though.”


While there has been no word if there was anything such as
an automatic rematch clause in the fight contract, Faber is more than open for
another shot at Brown, but also understands there are other fighters out there
hungry for an opportunity for the title.


“I’d love to fight him again. I got caught with a big punch,
if they give me another opportunity right away, I’d love that,” Faber
commented. “There’s Jose Aldo who looks really, really impressive, there’s
Leonard Garcia who just took out Jens, and was very impressive so however it
goes. I think I’d love another chance to fight because I feel I didn’t get to
put out a full effort because the fight ended so quickly and we’ll just wait
and see.”


And as far as when the former champion could compete again
he closed with a laugh.


“Hopefully soon cause I’m going to need the cash now.”



WEC 36 Video: Urijah
Faber Post-Fight


WEC 36 Video: Leonard
Garcia Post-Fight


WEC 36 Video: WEC 36
Post-Fight Press Conference