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June 8, 2009

Urijah_Faber_HandThat’s a Twitpic from Urijah Faber himself – of his broken hand.

Despite the fact that Faber had to go the last 3 and 1/2 rounds with what seemed like no hands, he still turned in a great performance. There are a lot of “whatifs” after this fight. What if Faber had come out on top in the first two rounds before he was crippled? What if Faber hadn’t broken his hand? OK, just two “whatifs” I guess.

The most impressive thing was that Faber fought the best in the world handicapped and it wasn’t completely one-sided.

So how long until The California Kid gets another shot at:

a.) the belt

b.) Mike Brown

c.) all of the above

Well, my roommate broke pretty much the same bones a couple weeks ago, (He punched a concrete pillar, not a featherweight champion) had surgery and is due to get his soft cast off in 2 days. I assume Faber will be back and ready to go near the end of the year. He’ll have to have at least one tune up fight – maybe two. Despite the fact that he did hang in there with nothing but elbows, do you really want to throw him back in there against Mike Brown?

Brown has looked downright beastly since he sent Faber flying to the canvas in November. He’s 22-4 and has won 10 straight. He’s defended his belt twice – both in convincing fashion. Is Urijah the Rich Franklin to Brown’s Anderson Silva? Both Faber and Franklin were multiple-time defending champions when their foils were brought into their organization. Both Brown and Silva got one warm up bout before earning their title shot.

Their first meetings both ended in shocking first round TKO’s. The rematches, both had a feeling of uneasiness for the fans. I remember watching Silva-Franklin 2 and actually worrying about Franklin making it out alive. I felt the same thing as Urijah threw everything he could at Brown last night and Brown just seemed to shrug it off. Faber looked as cut as ever last night, but Brown was just monstrous.

Probably the biggest difference is that because of Faber’s broken hand and the heroic performance he did put on last night, I don’t feel he’s done like I did after watching Franklin get dismantled for a second time. (I was happily wrong about Franklin.)

Hopefully sometime next year we get to see Brown-Faber 3 at WEC 46: Redemption. Let the hype begin.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2009 1:19 pm

    As much as I love Faber(I am also from Sacramento) I’m not sure he can beat Brown. Faber was controlled on the ground and was forced to use his standup game. I think Brown is just too big for him.

  2. June 8, 2009 1:41 pm

    I agree, that’s why Silva-Franklin popped into my head. I do think Urijah can at least hang with Brown and he wouldn’t shy away from another fight.

    • June 8, 2009 4:56 pm

      I agree. Faber wouldn’t shy away from the fight, and I hope he doesn’t. But plain and simple, Brown is a bad matchup for Faber.


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