Coming up short on both occasions -- losing to Dominick Cruz at UFC 132 and then to Renan Barao at UFC 149 -- "The California Kid" is seemingly still always one impressive win away from vying for the strap. Many attribute Faber's constant title shots to favoritism on behalf of the promotion while others say the lack of depth in the bantamweight division may be the real reason.
Scott Jorgensen -- who will face Faber in the main event at this weekend's (April 13, 2013) The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale -- isn't one of those people who worries about how many title shots Urijah receives, but does believe "The California Kid" will always be a win or two away from a shot at the gold due to the fact that The Team Alpha Male leader is "one of the top guys in the world."
When asked if he thought UFC favored Faber, Jorgensen says that's not necessarily the case, but, for his part, he tries his best to stay away from all the "politics" and should Urijah receive another title shot soon, then more power to him.
"Young Guns" broke it down on a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"You know, you look at Uriah's career and the guys he's lost to are champions, including his time at 135. He's lost to some of the top guys. I feel like he's definitely one of the top guys in the world. I think he's always going to be a win or two away because he is one of the best and that's just the way it is. I stay out of the politics and all that stuff. I'm a fighter, I let the UFC figure out what they are going to figure out. If it works out in my favor or whoever, I don't let that resonate too much with me because that type of stuff is out of my control. The only thing I can do is go win fights just like Urijah can. And if the UFC turns around, if he wins two fights and they say, ‘Alright, you are fighting for the title again,' then all the better for Urijah. But, I don't care either way for it, you know? I don't have a belt, I haven't won that belt yet to where it's really affecting me."
As the two former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) standouts prepare to collide inside the world-famous Octagon, they will both be looking to take one step closer to a shot at the division strap which is currently still in the possession of an injured Dominick Cruz.
In "The Dominator's" absence, the aforementioned Barao has been defending the division's interim title, defeating Michael McDonald at UFC on FUEL TV 7 and is already lined up to defend it once more as he takes on Eddie Wineland at UFC 161.
What say you Manaics, who will prevail in Las Vegas for a potential chance to take on the winner of Barao vs. Wineland? Can Jorgensen earn his first-ever championship fight with UFC? Or will Faber get his third chance to capture that ever-elusive title?