Faber-Pulver could steal show!
Story by Anthony Springer Jr
Photo courtesy of Josh Hodges/UFC.com
While this Sunday’s WEC event boasts a light weight title bout with Jamie Varner taking on Donald Cerrone, all eyes are on the evening’s other featured contest—a featherweight rematch to last year’s exciting title fight between Urijah Faber and Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver.
Despite no title being on the line, the stakes are high for the rematch. Faber is coming off of a stunning loss to current featherweight champion Mike Brown and needs the victory to get back into title contention. Pulver is simply fighting to keep his eleven year career alive. The former UFC lightweight champion has dropped his last two contests and has lost four of his last five.
Looking to rebound from the skid, watch for Pulver to make a statement in a major way this Sunday against the organization’s golden boy.
“I got all the pressure in the world,” Pulver explained to Fight News regarding the high stakes of this fight. “I can’t hit that three, it’s not going to happen. I can’t lose three in a row. No way.”
Citing a new training camp with noted MMA trainer Matt Hume, Pulver says that he’s still evolving—both inside and outside the cage. The featherweight is the father to a new son, Karson Jens.
“He motivates me,” Pulver said of his son. “This is who I’m doing this for, my kids, my family. I just had to find that middle between being a father, good husband and a nasty ass fighter. Hume hasn’t given me any choice other than to come nasty to survive his camp.”
With ten fewer minutes in this rematch, both fighters are ready to come out hard.
“I’m trying every second I’m out there to finish this fight. When you have two people trying to finish a fight and they don’t succeed, you’re going to have an amazing fight. Just because it’s three rounds doesn’t mean I’m not going to work as hard.”
For Faber, a loss sends him further down the slopes of a growing featherweight division. A win, however, puts him back on the road to a coveted rematch with the man that dethroned him, Mike Brown.
“It’s going to be a crucial rematch,” Faber said. “I need to win. It’s been a long time since I’ve suffered a defeat. I can’t wait to get on the road back to getting my belt.”
Prior to the setback, Faber was undefeated in his last 13 outings. The TKO loss was another reminder to “The California Kid” that he—like other fighters—could lose on any given day. “I was on a 13 win winning streak and made one small mistake in my last fight. It’s not like I got dominated, I was unfortunate in making a mistake and got caught. I think I’m ready for another title shot, I just have to win this fight,” he said. “After the loss you have to reassess a little bit. I made a mistake and it was something I could’ve avoided by being more cautious. Of course, if I would’ve landed that elbow I would’ve been a genius. But you can’t make a mistake against top guys… it’s a little bit of a reminder that this sport is dangerous and that I’m human.”
WEC: Varner vs. Cerrone kicks off this Sunday on Versus at 9:30 p.m. ET.