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Urijah Faber’s Comeback Begins…Now?

(Faber works out on a public tennis court and scares the hell out of the local kids in Fight Magazine’s latest video project.)

Urijah Faber had a rough 2009.  He rebounded from his shocking upset loss to Mike Brown with a submission win over the increasingly beatable Jens Pulver, then lost a second fight to Brown that resulted in some seriously messed up mitts.  A 1-1 year with a little hand surgery might be no biggie to some fighters, but considering that Faber had beaten the hell out of everyone in his path from October of 2005 up through June of 2008, you can see how that many bummers in a row might have been a new and unpleasant experience for him. 

This Sunday Faber jumps back in against 27-year-old Brazilian Rafael Assuncao, who is 15-1 and currently riding a nice little six-fight winning streak of his own.  His only loss so far was a somewhat suspect decision against Jeff Curran who, it should be noted, Faber beat by submission back in 2007.  Obviously, the WEC has to be hoping for a Faber renaissance in 2010, since he’s still one of the most recognizable names they have.  Assuncao is not exactly an easy win for anybody at this point, but Faber needs a victory like Mizuto Hirota needs a cast and some Vicodin right now.

After the jump, relive Assuncao’s scrap with Curran and ask yourself, could this man get Urijah’s year off to a very bad start, or is he fodder for a brand new "California Kid" highlight reel?

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nas- January 6, 2010 at 6:21 am
y iz da chink wearin a different sponser? faber needs 2fuk dat yello kunt betta
portland mma- January 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm
I'm predicting that Faber wins via "sweet chin music" on Assuncao...but then the Bushwhackers come in and start all kinds of mayhem.
Soda Popinski- January 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm
@ portland mma:

awesome. id pay money to see him do the HBK splits/flex pose after a win.

good grief that would be amazing.
portland mma- January 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Look at the image of Faber in the first video and tell me that's not the fucking HBK Shawn Michaels.
jimbonics- January 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

He's white. Women like his ass-chin.

What more could you want in a fighter?
Merlin- January 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm
He may no longer be # 1 and there might be a lot expected of him coming back after his injuries etc. And no doubt a long road ahead of him back up to the top + ring rust.
But the Kid is explosive & fearless, has an unlimited gas tank, and is a good (albeit wild) striker, with a great ground game. So lets all ease up before writing off the Cali Kid, and at least let him perform once before jumping to conclusions on where he's at & what his future holds.

Chuck is a good 10 years older than Urijah.
iDestroy- January 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I'm already way ahead of you. The fighter who beats GSP has always been my favorite.

Don't forget Palhares either! He's the future MW champ.
skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Urijah's done it pains me to say it but he's through. Like I said earlier it's time to jump on the Aldo bandwagon, and you better do it quick. If you do it after he's had a few title defenses then you're gonna look like an idiot. It is only cool to like the best fighter in the weight class and that's what life is about, looking cool on the internet. While were at it Remember how Serra knocked out GSP, the same thing could happen with Hardy, so you would be smart to jump on that bandwagon now as well.
831 Father- January 5, 2010 at 11:18 am
What is with these regional MMA promotions and their gigantically high cages? They're just asking for an accident with those cameramen on ladders.

@parchy mcthirst: My son did NOT get knocked out cold. He was up and crying within minutes and jumped into my arms to take him home to his computer.
parchy mcthirst- January 5, 2010 at 11:12 am
What's missing from this video is the deleted scene where Faber knocks the tennis court bully out cold, and all the children rejoice as if a pinata just exploded
JacobsenJ02- January 5, 2010 at 11:08 am
You sir, are a re-tard.
superflat- January 5, 2010 at 11:07 am
Faber's decline isn't so surprising, as the WEC has really grown over the past couple of years, meaning much better talent. We've seen this a lot with great old school Pride/UFC fighters -- they start getting beaten up by supposedly middling up-and-comers, and you realize it's not about their age, but because each generation of MMA fighters is a huge improvement on the previous one.

Short of it is, Faber might want to move down in weight.
Soda Popinski- January 5, 2010 at 11:05 am
$3 says faber's been watching fedor workout videos on youtube and got inspired.
iDestroy- January 5, 2010 at 11:01 am
I feel as though it doesn't matter what faber does because if he ever gets to Aldo he'll get beat down.
skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 11:00 am
Faber lost to Mike Brown twice now and Brown lost to Aldo, so the way I see it Faber is not near as popular as he used to be. So why does anybody care about him anymore? He's a three time loser get off the bandwagon! Since he's not the champ anymore I don't like him, you could pretty much say he is a shitty fighter now. He is almost on the level of Chuck Liddell who I also hate since his popularity has gone down.