Fit Faber focused on task at hand against Brown
To the concerned fight fan who feels the postponement of WEC 36 did Urijah Faber more harm than good: Faber wants you to know though he could have used the payday, he didn't mind the time off, writes George Willis.
NEW YORK -- The postponement of a fight can often unnerve a fighter who has timed his training, diet and general psyche to peak at a particular time and place. To alter the schedule is akin to flattening a tire and then having to pump it back up to rigidity.Perfection might not be as easy to achieve the second time around. When Hurricane Ike threatened South Florida in September, promoters postponed the WEC 36 card featuring Urijah Faber, who was ready to defend his featherweight title against Mike Brown in Hollywood, Fla. While Faber could have used the payday, he didn't mind the time off. The bout will be held Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "From a money standpoint, it sucked," Faber said of the postponement. "But from a physical standpoint, it was a good thing. I still had some injuries that wouldn't have stopped me from fighting, but kept me from being 100 percent. I had a groin pull. I had busted my nose up a little bit and my right hand was stilling hurting from the Jens [Pulver] fight. But now I'm 100 percent." Faber's unanimous decision over Pulver in June was one of the best mixed martial arts fights of the year and a coming-out party of sorts for the California Kid. Shown live on Versus, it earned a 1.4 rating, averaging 1.5 million viewers, and became the most-watched telecast in the network's history outside of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. "It feels great to have done that," Faber said. "I think it was just a matter of getting the fight out to the public and making people understand how exciting the smaller guys are. I think I've been doing my part to make the lighter guys stand out."
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