Urijah Faber: Will The California Kid Ever Step it Up?

Danny O'BrienCorrespondent IJune 24, 2008

Recently some guy from the WEC that calls himself "The California Kid" and goes by the name Urijah Faber defeated one of the top UFC contenders, Jens Pulver.

Both fighters have similar records, Pulver's being 22-9-1 and Faber's being 21-1, they're around the same age and they're both amazing fighters.  But that's where the similarities end.

Pulver has had an amazing career in his 32 professional MMA fights.  He has fought and beaten some of Japan's top PRIDE fighters fought big names such as Cub Swanson, BJ Penn, Caol Uno, and Joe Stevenson who are names I believe are pretty familiar with MMA fans.  He has fought in the UFC, PRIDE, WCC, WEF, UCC, and the first few Bas Rutten Invitationals which kicked off his career in 1999.

Faber also has been around a few fighting competitions, although he doesn't have the wins over the big names like Pulver has.  Faber, in my opinion, has had one big name fight and that was against Tyson Griffin in which he lost by TKO in the third round.

As a MMA fan I want to see this WEC belt holder really test himself.  I give him all the credit in the world for being a fighter as it's one of the toughest sports to be an athlete and succeed in, but I don't feel like he has the credentials that a lot of other fighters do, yet he holds a belt. 

He does have a lot of fights under his belt, but my point is that I want to see him fight BJ Penn, or Spencer Fisher, or Kenny Florian.  There's so many good fighters out there in his weight class, why hasn't he fought them?  I know he's in the WEC, but plenty fighters have been through the WEC.

I know I have used Forrest Griffin comparisons in my last article and some of you didn't like it, but again, he's a perfect example.  Forrest is going for the UFC belt soon against Rampage Jackson, but Forrest has at least fought Dan Severn and Tito Ortiz.  This is the same for all of the other title holders in the UFC at least.

I also know that a lot of you are going to say that the WEC is no UFC, but I see potential in most of the fighters in the WEC.  My point is that I think it's time that Urijah Faber stepped up and earned his fame and fought some worthy opponents that will give him a real challenge.

By no means am I calling Faber inexperienced, or not talented.  As a matter of fact, I'm a fan of Faber.  He did amazing against Jens Pulver, Jens stood Urijah up but he ended up totally destroying Pulver in nearly every round and beating him at his own game.  Pulver summed it up after the fight by saying "The better man clearly won."  I just want what's best for the sport and for popular fighters to actually prove why they deserve to be famous.