It looks like Urijah Faber will be back just in time for the holidays. “The California Kid” is looking to make a comeback to WEC after having to drop out of WEC 50 due to a knee injury.
Faber was supposed to face Takeya Mizugaki at his 135lbs. debut, but it looks as if the fight was be re-scheduled for the unannounced date of WEC 52.
“I’m back to full-on training now,” Faber stated recently. “Hopefully I’ll get a chance to fight in November. I told (WEC officials) I could go in September when I found out I’d be out four to six weeks. I wanted to be on the Sept. 30 card, but I got pushed back to November.”
Not much was known about Faber’s knee injury until recently, when he stated that it just happened one day during training with Team Alpha Male in his hometown of Sacramento, CA.
“I was doing some kickboxing and takedowns and my leg got yanked from the outside in,” said Faber. “They said it was an atypical injury to my MCL. My MCL kind of peeled away from the bone. They told me I wouldn’t need surgery, but I’d be out four to six weeks. I was able to do some stuff without twisting it, so I was able to work out, do physical therapy and stay in shape. It’s been six weeks since I hurt my leg, this was supposed to be a six-week injury and I had my first full week of practice last week.”
After losing three of his last five fights, Faber decided it was time to drop down to 135lbs. And although he’s confident that the change will do him good, Faber says he definitely hasn’t ruled out going back up to the 145lb. weight class that won him the WEC featherweight title.
“Where I’m at right now, I’m just having a great time and fighting my heart out,” said Faber, who owns wins over Raphael Assuncao, Jens Pulver (twice), Jeff Curran, Cruz,Bibiano Fernandes, Charlie Valencia and Cole Escovedo. “I just want fights that make sense. (A fight with Miguel) Torres would be bigger for me right now than (fighting WEC bantamweight champion Dominick) Cruz. There are all kinds of fights I can do right now and can go back up to 145. I feel like I can do well against most anybody at 145 and I’d be willing to go to 155 at some point.”