In a media scrum earlier this week, Urijah Faber discussed several topics pertaining to his career, the future of his clothing brand, and his former coach, Duane Ludwig. But of course, first on the list was his upcoming featherweight fight with Frankie Edgar which will serve as the main event in the UFC’s first card in the Philippines.
In an interview with MMA Fighting the topic of the widely popular Faber vs. Edgar matchup was brought up, and with it, questions about his weight, the move back to 145 pounds, and Edgar as an opponent.
Faber, never the one to talk badly about an opponent, took a respectful tone when speaking about the main-event fight and the former lightweight champion who he’ll share the cage with. “This is the first time I’ve been hanging out with Frankie and I’m sizing him up, and we’re not too far off as far as size goes.” said Faber. The two men have been traveling together during the UFC’s “Welcome to the Show” tour, which is showcasing their marquee fights over the next few months.
“He has a little bit of height on me, little bit of reach, maybe a little bit of weight, but we’re fairly close in size.”
With speak of size and weight, Faber was then asked about his own weight, especially now that he is moving back up to his old stomping grounds of 145 pounds, where he reigned as champion for several years. “The weight has been going up…” said Faber
“Because I work out so much my weight can fluctuate between like 53 to 58 pretty regularly, especially when I’m watching it, and now it’s about 56 to 62 when I’m stuffed at the end of the night, and that’s a testament to getting older and being a little bit more proactive in strength and conditioning now that I know I’m gonna be fighting at 145’s”
With talk of the size differential, Faber also mentioned how he matches up in terms of skill with Edgar, and where he feels he has advantages. Keeping it real has always been how ‘The California Kid” rolls and when it came to Edgar’s skill versus his, he was very matter-of-fact.
“The truth is, I think Frankie’s a black belt, I consider myself a super high level jiu-jitsu practitioner, I think we were both top 12 in the nation for division 1 wrestling, and that’s a tough position to be in…” Faber also said despite all the equalities he shares with Edgar, he is confident in his game, and when a rumor about turning down a fight against UFC bantamweight Thomas Almeida came up, Faber nipped that in the bud quickly. “If anyone in this world think’s I’m scared of anything, especially another human being my own size, they’re smoking crack.”
He defended himself saying of the Edgar fight that: “I was offered a huge opportunity in an iconic fight, somebody that I have been inspired by and I think I can beat and that’s what I took”
When it comes down to it, Faber is not the guy who will be the topic of a drama-filled headline. He is a veteran fighter who is simply in this sport to fight the best in the world. The fight with Edgar has the MMA community chomping at the bit to see come to fruition and you can include Faber on that list.
“I’m excited to see how things are gonna match up…I’m looking forward to testing that out and I feel like I’m gonna have some advantages in several different areas.”
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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