(What the hell, let’s do it again.)
Urijah Faber may have to wait a while for Mike Brown to heal up before he can get a crack at reclaiming his featherweight title, but in the meantime he can keep himself sharp with another go at former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver. MMA Weekly says the two will meet again at WEC 38 in San Diego on January 25, though it’s not yet officially signed.
You might recall that both men fought on the last WEC card, and both lost via TKO. The difference is that Faber’s loss was a major shock, and most people were generous enough to attribute it to him simply “getting caught” as we say in the business when we want to be nice. Pulver, on the other hand, got beat down by Leonard Garcia in a fight that seemed to signal that he might be approaching the twilight of his fine career.
It’s not surprising that the WEC would want to run Faber-Pulver II, given the success of the first fight, but there’s also not much reason to think this one will turn out any differently. Pulver hung in there for five rounds and took a unanimous decision loss in what turned out to be one hell of a fight the first time. Now Faber has a little more to prove, and Pulver looks even further from his prime. If he drops his third straight in the 145-pound division, you have to wonder what’s left.
At least the WEC can probably squeeze one more sell-out from this matchup, and hopefully we’ll be treated to another solid fight.