"Some people either think that we are the UFC or think that I fight in the UFC or they ask, ‘When you going to go to the big show?’ For me, I’ve known for a long time that we’re the top fighters in the world at our weights, but not everyone else understands that. We don’t have to explain it anymore. That’s great. Business-wise, you look at the bonuses, you’re going from $10,000 to $65,000. Pay-per-view averages and everything else is up, and viewership’s up.... The bottom line is, I feel like I resonate with fans. You couple that with the UFC fan base, it’s going to be a great thing. I’m looking forward to having my brightest days in the future. I feel great at this new weight. My body feels incredible, and I’m still motivated to fight. These next couple of years are going to be awesome."
Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber can't wait to get inside the Octagon in 2011 and beyond. And it's not just about the Benjamins -- "The California Kid" can now say with confidence that he is competing at the highest level under the sport's most recognized brand. However, he still has some lameduck business to tend to inside the blue cage, taking on Takeya Mizugaki in the WEC 52 main event on Nov. 11. It's his 135-pound debut, and with a win, will get him in the title hunt early in the New Year. Division champion Dominick Cruz will defend his belt against Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53, which sets the stage for big-time match ups when the promotion (WEC) folds into the UFC at the end of the year. Bright days, indeed.