Urijah Faber Looking to Cash In on New Octagon Opportunity

Written by Tom Ngo
November 8th, 2010

WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber

Although the WEC is still officially up and running, former featherweight king Urijah Faber can’t wait to pour some liquor on its grave.

The company’s poster boy appreciates everything the UFC’s little brother did for his illustrious career, but is anxious to put WEC 52 behind him and showcase his skills on the sport’s biggest stage.

“The bottom line is, I feel like I resonate with fans. You couple that with the UFC fan base, it’s going to be a great thing,” Faber told Sherdog.com of the monumental merger. “I’m looking forward to having my brightest days in the future.

“I feel great at this new weight. My body feels incredible and I’m still motivated to fight. These next couple of years are going to be awesome.”

After an unprecedented featherweight title run, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. He opted to make the drop down to the 135-pound division after Jose Aldo did THIS to his thigh in April.

Although he’ll be starting anew to close out his WEC career, “The California Kid” will be taking all the momentum he built in the blue cage along with him to the big leagues and cash in on his new Octagon opportunity.

“I was skilled enough to compete and do really well at 145 pounds because I was a tough fighter and mentally strong and athletic and things like that. Now I’m going to be the same size and even bigger than some of the guys. I’m expecting to be faster and just as strong,” Faber said.

“Business-wise, you look at the [Fight Night] bonuses, you’re going from $10,000 to $65,000. Pay-per-view averages and everything else is up, and viewership’s up.”

Faber will be performing his WEC swan song this Thursday inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada against Takeya Mizugaki.

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