Most fighters like having a full camp to prepare for a clash and understandably so. UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber is no different in that regard, though “The California Kid” is willing to make an exception when it comes to tonight’s headlining tilt with Scott Jorgensen at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
As it turns out, Faber is actually glad he wasn’t given a ton of time to train for the bout based on the friendship he shares with his fellow WEC alum. Faber recently explained his rationale to the UFC’s website…
“I’d rather have a fight like this be short notice because I’m fighting a buddy, you know? You don’t have to think about it too much; you just get it over with, and you can get back to doing your own thing.”
“I’m not the type of guy that every turns down a fight, and Scotty’s not either. We’re not difficult guys to deal with when it comes to that. It’s the profession that we’re in.”
“There will be a time when I have think, `All right – is this a fight that makes sense for me?’ and I think this one does, especially because Scotty’s my friend. This is a big fight for us. We’re the main event on a live card that is going to go out to millions of people, and we’re stepping up for our promotion. We’re putting our friendship aside, our management aside, and everything else, and just going out there to have fun.”
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