Although Urijah Faber has always endorsed the ‘Bros before belts‘ philosophy, it doesn’t mean the former WEC featherweight king doesn’t believe he couldn’t slide immediately into a bantamweight title fight.
“I don’t need any,” Faber told MMAWeekly.com of how many 135-pound wins he needs before challenging for the crown. “I guess basically whatever they think is fair.
“Dominick Cruz is a guy I fought before, I beat him in his only loss, but he’s done some improvement and he’s earned his spot where he’s at.”
Faber submitted the WEC’s current bantamweight champ in a 145-pound scrap back in March 2007. The impressive victory allowed WEC brass to use “The California Kid” as their poster boy, to which he successfully parlayed into superstardom.
Although his extensive resume and vast accomplishments inside the blue Octagon have him destined for the Hall of Fame, it doesn’t mean Faber is going to use his clout to force a championship fight. On the flipside, it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world either.
“I’m not feeling any type of entitlement to come down there and step right in, but I feel like that wouldn’t be a far stretch,” Faber shared. “I was the kingpin in a weight class above, fighting guys that are bigger than I am, and so whatever they feel comfortable, I’ll fight whoever, whenever, as long as they’re sending the check and I’m having a good time.”
When he first announced his intentions to drop a weight class, Faber stated he wouldn’t infringe on his homie Joseph Benavidez’s championship aspirations. Now that Cruz has hung two decision wins over his protégé, it shouldn’t be an issue because Benavidez has to work his way back up the ladder.
Faber pops his WEC bantamweight cherry at WEC 52 on November 11th against Takeya Mizugaki.