The UFC’s pool of bantamweight talent is fairly deep but, like all divisions, there are only a handful of elite competitors who swim with the sharks. Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen both fit that description, possessing tremendous talent with a number of impressive past wins to back up the claim. Of course, they’ve also been friends for a long time and even share the same manager, making for an interesting dynamic leading up to their main event match-up this weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
However, Faber recently spoke with MMAWeekly where he explained he won’t have any problem putting his personal feelings aside when the cage door closes on Saturday night.
“Bottom line: this is a fight. It’s the same thing it would have been if we would have fought in the backyard, if we met in the street, or whatever. It’s two guys trying to impose their will and that’s how I’m approaching this.”
“There’s only a certain amount of saying who you will or will not fight in our sport, and I have a team also. We’re friends, we have the same management, but we aren’t on the same team. So there’s that time, there’s a bridge to cross, where you have to understand – we both know we’re two of the top fighters in the world. You can’t say ‘no’ forever.”
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