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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 Torres, Brian 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.