It appears as though the immediate rematch that former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber was wishing for will not be granted. Instead, reports are indicating that he will be taking on MMA veteran Jens Pulver at WEC 38 on January 25th. Given all that Faber has accomplished in the sport, particularly for the WEC, the organization was willing to give him an immediate rematch, however newly crowned champ Mike Brown is injured.
Brown suffered a torn rib cage during his bout against Faber earlier this month at WEC 36. The injury will force the fighter to sit out at least 4-6 weeks, and he is hoping to return to the cage to make his first-ever title defense by March.
Faber was a heavy favorite entering his bout against Brown, however was TKO’ed in the 1stRound after he went for a high risk and unorthodox reverse flying-elbow. Brown was able to counter with a devastating right hook, sending the champ to the mat and handing him his first loss in over three years.
Pulver will be 34-years-old come December, and it appears that his best years are behind him. He has lost two consecutive bouts, including a devastating 1stRound TKO to Leonard Garcia at WEC 36.
Faber won a convincing unanimous decision over Pulver at WEC 34 back in July, which was by far the WEC’s most successful MMA event to date.
It was initially reported that Faber would be taking on Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo, however it appears as though the WEC felt more comfortable pitting their most prized asset against an over-the-hill Pulver. Two consecutive losses for Faber would be detrimental to the organization’s future.
MMAWeekly.com was the first to report the rematch. They confirmed with sources close to the situation that both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, however fight agreements have yet to be signed.