Urijah Faber at 145 pounds has brought respect, attention and glory to the lightweight division of mixed martial arts. With a record of 23 and 3, this Californian exudes everything about athleticism and growing up in the Golden state. Of his 3 losses, 2 have been recent and to the same fighter, Mike Thomas Brown. Nonetheless, these losses take nothing away from my point of view on Faber as a fighter. Fighters lose at some point. They should be evalutaed on a holistic level. Faber who had a great winning record by way of various methods - a myriad of submissions and knock-outs, has made contributions that I believe positively impact the sport of MMA today.
KO: Do you
have any concerns about the long term effects of MMA on your body it took
a long time for boxers to discover and quantify the impact that the sport has -
and although there are not as many head shots taken in MMA as boxing there
still a lot of hard hits absorbed to the skull?
UF: My personal experience not really - in almost all my fights I
have taken minimal abuse. I am smart about abusing myself. I
train with my headgear and 16 ounce gloves, no elbows or knees when I train.
Because they are so abusive to the bodies, I limit taking them during training.
My training is athletically challenging, but smart and avoid taking a lot
of shots to the face.
KO: Do you think modern
wrestling is now beating BJJ specialists in the sport of MMA?
UF: You have to combine
them. I don't think you can take just a raw wrestling stylist and throw them with a seasoned JJS
player and expect him to win.
Wrestling does have a strong set of skills that you need for MMA and the
work ethic and drilling wrestler
to is great. Wrestlers also
amazing body awareness, explosive and mental training. But JJS give you the techniques you
need if the wrestler's explosive skills gets you down.
KO: How do you analyze an
opponent, when you look at Jens Pulver, a Jeff Curran or even a Jose Aldo?
UF: I do look at each fighter just for the
fight in front of me. I have
fought both Jens and Jeff before, I have not fought Jose yet. Jens Pulver and Jeff Curran are very
different fighters with well rounded skills. Jeff I see as very technical fighter, which does not make me
feel as in danger. I looked at the
fact that Jeff has a lot of decisions, so I do not feel as the fight is as
dangerous. Jens is he game fighter
- he goes for the kill right off the bat.
Then of course he is a southpaw so I have to adjust to seeing and responding
to that. Jose is unpredictable,