Despite not having tasted gold inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, is still a top draw for the promotion and a fan favorite.
Call it name value, call it skill, call it whatever you want; when Faber is on deck, it usually draws eyeballs to television sets and bodies to arenas.
Currently lined up to take on Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 on Feb., 23, 2013 at bantamweight, a rematch six years in the making, "The California Kid" says he isn't opposed to going back up to the land of 145-pounders, a division he once ruled with an iron fist, to make some "super fights" happen before he calls it a career.
His word to BJPenn.com:
"I'm at 158 (pounds) right now, but I could definitely jump up and fight if there was a big fight. I think I can compete at a couple different weight classes if I wanted to. I'm durable and I have a skill set. But, I'll probably stay at 135 and then make a couple of super fights at 145 if that opportunity presents itself."
Faber has already faced off against featherweight champion Jose Aldo during their time spent under the WEC banner. "Scarface" battered and bruised Urijah's legs with vicious leg kicks en route to clean sweep on the judges' scorecards to retain his belt at WEC 48 back in 2010.
Though Faber was once considered the best 145-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on the planet, his career has been hot and cold since losing his title to Mike Brown in 2008, collecting a 5-4 record during the four-year stretch and coming up short in four title fights, as well.
Sure, he isn't the same dominating champion of yesteryear, but "The California Kid" still poses more than a few problems for his opponents and is confident he has the skill set and is ‘durable' enough to compete in other weight classes while entertaining fans with a few ‘super fights' along the way.