Once professional athletes reach a certain level, weird questions begin to arise about their ability to satisfy certain expectations. Urijah “The California Kid” Faber is no exception these days. Since his dominant reign in the WEC he rocketed to stardom. His first fight with former UFC lightweight champ Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver was touted as the biggest Featherweight bout in MMA history at the time. I believe it still is the biggest fight yet of the lighter weight classes.
Take a look at current Basketball champ, LeBron “King” James. Until the Miami Heat won the finals this year, his legacy was considered incomplete. Every year when his team made the playoffs the big question in every fans mind was if he could win a championship. Until recently the answer was no, and everyone criticized him for this. Never mind he was one of the most dominant players in the history of the sport or that he consistently took his team deep in to the playoffs every year.
Urijah Faber can’t do much more in the sport, even if he hasn’t won a UFC belt. Unfortunately at the level he competes, this isn’t acceptable to most fans. As a diehard Faber fan, the numbers are hard to ignore. He has won his last five non-title fights and in a rollercoaster career of late, lost all five of his recent title shots as well. Some fighters in the sport believe he is given too many title shots to begin with. “One of these guys that is fighting me in a contender shot needs to beat me in order for that to hold any water at all,” said Faber in an interview with Arial Helwani from MMAFighting.com.
I say give him a break. In a stacked feather and bantam weight division, plenty of fighters have been given the chance to take the glory from the top contender in Faber and challenge the champ. It’s not his fault he remains the premier gate keeper for anyone looking to knock at the door of the champ.
No easy fights are handed out in the UFC and Urijah faber’s fame allows him little acceptation. He will face Renan “Barao” Pegado this Saturday night live on pay-per-view for the Bantamweight Interim Title. Don’t even get me started on how I feel about fake belts though. Regardless, Renan Barao is a dangerous rangy striker and very aggressive. He plays a stifling game by pressing his oponents throughout the entire match. I would love to see Faber win but I feel like Barao will take this one from him and end his constant title contention streak.
I miss Faber in the WEC. He was so unpredictable and dominant. Unfortunately for himself and his fans, this is a young man’s sport and no one can stay on top forever. Let’s hope Faber can prove his doubters wrong by beating Barao and finishing his trilogy with current Bantamweight champ Dominic Cruz in impressive style to once again stand atop the heap in the worlds most dangerous stage in Mixed Martial Arts.
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