Theres so much talk about guys moving up weight classes to challenge other people that I’m surprised no one’s mentioned Urijah Faber. Well, now he’s mentioning himself:
“I’d definitely like to avenge the loss, of course,” said Faber, who secured the WEC’s 145-pound title in March 2006. “It’s my only blemish. At this time, it’s something that could happen in the future. We’re both pretty young in the sport.”
Faber (18-1) and Griffin (11-1) compete in different organizations, but they’re both under the Zuffa LLC umbrella. However, UFC president Dana White has long maintained that the two organizations would operate independently. A few UFC fighters have been sent to the WEC, but there’s been no talk of a co-promoted show or WEC vs. UFC “superfights” anytime in the future.
For what it’s worth, Faber said he’s willing to jump up a weight class if means getting Griffin as an opponent. The UFC doesn’t currently have a 145-pound weight class, and Griffin fights as a 155-pounder in the UFC.
“I wouldn’t have a problem going up to 155,” he said. “We were actually supposed to do it one time before [Griffin] went into the UFC.”
It’s kinda interesting that he’s talking specifically about taking on Griffin and only Griffin – no mention of wanting to take out the best at 155 or anything else like that. Which would be nice … it’d actually be kinda refreshing to have a dominating champion who’s happy sticking around in his own weight class. Besides, the featherweight division needs Faber to help it grow and gain legitimacy. I don’t know how well that would work if he moved up in weight and got tooled by half the UFC’s 155 pound division.