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 â€œThe California Kidâ€ is willing to make an exception when it comes to tonightâ€™s headlining tilt with Scott Jorgensen at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
As it turns out, Faber is actually glad he wasnâ€™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 UFCâ€™s websiteâ€¦
â€œIâ€™d rather have a fight like this be short notice because Iâ€™m fighting a buddy, you know? You donâ€™t have to think about it too much; you just get it over with, and you can get back to doing your own thing.â€
â€œIâ€™m not the type of guy that every turns down a fight, and Scottyâ€™s not either. Weâ€™re not difficult guys to deal with when it comes to that. Itâ€™s the profession that weâ€™re in.â€
â€œThere will be a time when I have think, `All right â€“ is this a fight that makes sense for me?â€™ and I think this one does, especially because Scottyâ€™s my friend. This is a big fight for us. Weâ€™re the main event on a live card that is going to go out to millions of people, and weâ€™re stepping up for our promotion. Weâ€™re putting our friendship aside, our management aside, and everything else, and just going out there to have fun.â€
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