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Wednesday, 01/22/2014, 09:39 am

Urijah Faber Explains New Found Mentality

Life can sometimes throw hurdles in your way and attempt to knock you off-balance. Something that MMA veteran Urijah Faber knows all too well. With so much in his basket it is hard to imagine how Faber keeps it together. He took some time with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” to discuss the hardships he was going through while approaching his first fight with Barao, and where he is mentally, physically, and spiritually going into the rematch.

“Probably the least excited I’d ever been for a fight,” Faber said of UFC 149. “There’s a lot more to it that I really care to go into, it was at the end of a rough year for me with my sister and some other things in my family, so I was looking forward to after big fight on July 4th to be able to contribute more to my family, monetary value of my fight changed dramatically, the size and the meaning of the fight was so much different.

“I had put four months not fighting to being on biggest card of the year to fighting Dominick Cruz in Las Vegas,” Faber continued, “Then they pulled me out and put me on this other card no one cared about, and the supporting cast as not there for that fight as well, it was a pay-per-view and I realized after that fight, I can’t even think about that.”

It’s never really been a question of Faber’s skill set, but rather his mind-set, that determines what Urijah we can expect. And seeing as he is on a four fight win streak, three of those by way of stoppage (the most recent a guillotine choke that finished contender Michael McDonald) it looks like Urijah is back on track. And though he is undoubtably excited for another shot at the title, it most likely is not the way he wanted it to go down.

He talked about Cruz reaching out to him recently, and although the two aren’t what you would consider friends, Cruz was more saddened that he couldn’t fight rather than bitter that Urijah got the opportunity.

“He just said that he was pretty heartbroken by all his injuries and that I had a great year, and he’ll be back, may the best man win,” Faber said. “I was going to reach out to him but he got to me first. I said heal up so we can fight, man. And I said yeah, I will.”

So, lets hear it Penn Nation! Do you think the refreshed Urijah has what it takes to take out the seemingly unstoppable Renan Barao at UFC 169? Can he stop a man no one else has been able to?

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