Urijah Faber Interviewed: WEC Star Talks to B/R About Lighter-Weight Fighters
In Pt. 1 of Bleacher Report's interview with Urijah Faber, he shared his thoughts on his first appearance on pay-per-view and his title fight with WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
In Pt. 2, Faber gave his thoughts on some of the best smaller fighters in the world, including a teammate and several former opponents.
Jesse Motiff (Bleacher Report): Urijah, I'd like to ask you your thoughts on some of the top lighter-weight fighters in the world. The first fighter I want to ask you about is your teammate with Team Alpha Male, Joseph Benavidez.
Urijah Faber: Joseph came in a few years ago and just worked his butt off. He worked at the front desk at the gym and would train. He has the confidence and consistency to rise quick.
I've been telling him from early on that he's the best 135-pounder in the world. It was only a matter of time before he started to believe that himself. I really believe he's going to be a champion and a guy in the sport that makes it big.
B/R: The next fighter I want to ask you about is your opponent Saturday night, Jose Aldo.
Urijah Faber: Jose Aldo is a young, talented kid with dangerous stand-up skills. He's going to have a good career in the sport but he's going down to me and losing that title belt.
B/R: Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown.
Urijah Faber: Mike Brown is a big guy, he's very durable. He's extremely strong and very well-rounded. I think he's another guy that will be a future fight for me, and I look forward to getting back into the cage with him again.
B/R: Jens Pulver.
Urijah Faber: Jens is a trendsetter in the sport. He's had a long and great career in the sport with some ups and downs. He's got a lot of character, and he's one of the best ambassadors the sport has.
B/R: Tyson Griffin.
Urijah Faber: Tyson is a tough dude, also. He's probably one of the bigger 155-pound fighters out there. He's definitely a guy I want to fight again in the future.
B/R: Kid Yamamoto.
Urijah Faber: Kid Yamamoto is a guy that has star power. He's somewhat of a standout, especially in Japan. He's got a kind of swagger that most Japanese people don't have. He's a very dangerous fighter. He's like royalty in his home country. I think he's one of the most well-rounded fighters as far as ability as a fighter, marketability, and just being a cool dude.
B/R: Miguel Torres.
Urijah Faber: Torres is a tough-nosed guy. The guy has great hair. He was someone in the sport when there were no rewards. He fights for the love of it and I respect the guy.
B/R: There's been a lot of talk and speculation of you moving up or down to different weight classes for possible "super fights." Is that something you see yourself doing in the future?
Urijah Faber: I could do a lot of different things. I would definitely be willing to drop down to 135 pounds for a super fight. If that were to happen, that'd be great. I would like to go up to 155 to do some super fights as well. I wouldn't stay permanently at either weight, more just to do fights that people want to see.
If there is an opportunity to do a super fight at either weight, it's something I would jump at right away. It'd be good for me as a fighter, but I think it's something that would excite the fans and draw more interest to the sport.
B/R: Lastly, you obviously have a huge following and are one of the most popular guys in the sport. How would you describe yourself to someone that might not know you or someone that might be tuning in to the WEC for the very first time on Saturday night?
Urijah Faber: I'm a guy that follows my heart and my passion. I do what I love. I've always been a competitor. I've been a huge fan of every type of fighter and martial art sport. I've always wanted to be the best. I'm here to have fun and be the best.
B/R: Urijah, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and sharing your thoughts on so many things. I wish you the best of luck in your fight with Jose Aldo.
Urijah Faber: Thank you very much, I appreciate it. You have a good one.
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