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If Ya’ Can’t Beat ‘Em…Urijah Faber to Drop to Bantamweight

(Video courtesy YouTube ProMMARadio)

In an interview with ProMMARadio this weekend, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber confirmed that he will be dropping down to bantamweight to test the 135-pound waters.

 “From the sound of things, they want me to go down to 35. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time — go down and have some fights down there. So, I’ll probably have a couple of fights down there and maybe go back up to 45; we’re not real sure yet."

Although he is a short, but stocky featherweight, Faber says that the drop won’t be a tough one.

“I’m a small 45-pounder. I mean, all through college I was 133 pounds. It isn’t like it’s been a hard cut for 145. I’m probably a natural 135-pounder, so it won’t be difficult for me.”

2-3 in his last five bouts including a pair of losses to Mike Brown, Faber will have no shortage of tough opponents in his new weight class. Besides current champ Dominick Cruz, the division is stacked with talented fighters like Miguel TorresBrian Bowles, Scott Jorgenson,  and Faber’s training partner, Joseph Benavidez.

No word yet as to when, or against whom Faber will make his WEC featherweight debut.

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MoTropolis- June 2, 2010 at 11:26 am
Something he has been wanting to do for a while now?? Christ, this kid is gonna be autographing man-tits in no time.
jimbonics- June 2, 2010 at 6:32 am
Midgets scare me.
peckawoodd- June 2, 2010 at 6:12 am
@ Misanthropy

I love the shitty gangster Sac-Town reference. It brings back memories of listening to Brotha Lynch Hung and those goons.

Besides, everybody on the blocc already knows that U-Fabe-Killah ain't no sucker.
rophelius- June 2, 2010 at 6:07 am
Thanks to the original poster of this item for using coherent English grammar. (Spelling and grammar have slipped noticeably since losing that other "Ben".)
for the love of mma- June 2, 2010 at 5:45 am
Goog- June 2, 2010 at 5:41 am
This kid alone is who got me to even watch the smaller class fights. He always brings it and I'm a fan. He's good for the sport, he's safe for the fans, and he entertains. I'll take Uriah Faber on a 40 fight losing streak over 10 minutes of air time for someone like Rampage every day of the week.
side.check.kick- June 2, 2010 at 2:10 am
It must really suck to get your shit kicked in one division or another and decide, "well I don't wanna get fired...maybe I can dominate some smaller dudes...ok"
Mr_Misanthropy- June 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm
Niggas With Hats? The man tryin to shine the sun all up on some shit and like, cook a nigga brain an shits?!

@ YungJoe

I will pay double to watch him fight cyborg (the one with the clitoris and the tattoos).
Joedirt- June 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm
He should fight Cyborg.
Almost North- June 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm
We all know it was more of a goofsta lean anyway. Ask N.W.H. where smilin' gets ya.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm
I wpnder if the clean cut look is for his new alter ego: Jeremiah Faber, slightly smaller fighter who fights guys his own size. He saves the gangsta lean for the silver back gorillas of the featherweight division.
Almost North- June 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm
So Urijah is fighting dudes his size now? What a wuss.
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm
@ Smitty, yeah, you dont normally plan on dropping a weight division when your kickin ass in your fights
Randy Pan- June 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm
I was pretty confident that this would happen prior to the Faber-Aldo fight. The cut to 135 will probably be good for him. He's already beaten the champ in that division.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Man, he looks a whole lot less gangsta-boo without the cornrows or fabolous fro. How the fuck is he gonna roll up on the garden block sportin that poindexter bullshit?
Smitty- June 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm
It always amazes me when fighters drop down a weight class after getting their asses handed to them, and then try to make it seem like they're just doing it to "try it out" or something. Why don't they just say, "I'm gonna try to kick some of these smaller guys ass for a while so, I can at least get a win streak goin or something"
I'm a Faber fan and everything, I'm just sayin.
Mdot50- June 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm
Dont go back to 45.