Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2013

Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    The headliner for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale is set, with bantamweight contenders Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen set to go to war. It is a fight that will see two men with similar styles clash.

    Faber is a former WEC champion at 145 that is constantly in the title picture. He makes a quick turnaround from UFC 157, where he choked out Ivan Menjivar in a relatively quick amount of time.

    Jorgensen has found mixed results since coming over to the UFC from the WEC. He is 3-2, with his wins coming against lower level talent and his losses coming against top guys in the division.

    Here is a head-to-toe breakdown for their April encounter. 

Striking

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    The difference in striking ability between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen may determine this fight.

    Jorgensen does have some power in his hands, but he is not very technical. He can brawl a bit, but he would be better suited to stay away from an on-the-feet striking battle.

    In fact, Jorgensen's best striking comes on the ground, where he uses nasty top-game striking that has seen him finish the likes of Ken Stone and Noah Thomas.

    Faber has a more refined boxing game. It also helps that the striking coach at Team Alpha Male is Duane Ludwig, a great kickboxer in his own right.

    He has seven career finishes by (T)KO, but I would not exactly call him a knockout artist. That said, he is easily the better on-the-feet striker.

    Edge: Faber 

Wrestling

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    Both Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen have wrestling bases to work with.

    Jorgensen is a three-time Pac-10 champion from Boise State in wrestling. Those are among the top accolades in wrestling at 135 pounds.

    Jorgensen relies heavily on his wrestling game in fights. He likes to drag opponents down and utilize his dangerous ground-and-pound on them.

    Faber was also a Division I wrestler in college. With that being said, he uses wrestling almost as a backup these days as he likes to stand and bang.

    I think Faber and Jorgensen will cancel each other out in this department.

    Edge: Push

Submissions/Grappling

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    Although both are wrestlers, both are also solid submission grapplers as well.

    Scott Jorgensen is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but competes at a seemingly higher level. He has only been tapped out once in his career (back in 2006), while dishing out five submissions of his own.

    His latest submission came in his last fight, when he beat the clock to choke out John Albert with one second left.

    Urijah Faber owns a brown belt in BJJ and boasts every bit of it. "The California Kid" not only owns 15 submission wins in his career, but has never himself been a victim of tapout.

    A list of his submission victims includes Ivan Menjivar, Brian Bowles and Takeya Mizugaki.

    A resume like that definitely gives him the edge.

    Edge: Faber 

Prediction

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    When both men enter the cage, I think we are going to have a Fight of the Night contender coming our way.

    As previously stated, I think their wrestling will see them cancel each other out and this will turn this into a pure boxing match as a result. If that's the case, Urijah Faber will have the advantage.

    If at some point the fight does go to the ground, Faber should still have the advantage. His consistently higher level of experience has forced him to be crafty on the ground and shut down wrestlers in the past.

    I would be surprised if this fight did not go to a decision, knowing how tough both men are. When the judges are called upon, the former champ will move one step closer to yet another title shot.

    Prediction: Faber def. Jorgensen via decision