The Brazilian magazine Tatame is reporting that the IFL’s last remaining champion, Wagnney Fabiano, has signed a contract to fight in WEC’s featherweight division. Fabiano apparently is already thinking about the current WEC featherweight champion, Urijah Faber:
“Faber is the best of the world now. To beat him, I think you have to be in a good shape. He’s an expert fighter and he has a good gas, it’s complicated to beat a guy like him. You have to set a good game plan and be calm and watch the elbows, because if he hits you it can change a whole fight”, said the Nova União athlete.
This is a great move by Fabiano who is extremely underrated at 145 lbs. He is one of the most dynamic fighters in the entire weight class with an outstanding ground game, solid striking, and as he showed in his last fight, knockout power. He most recently defeated highly touted Shad Lierley in his only title defense in the IFL, knocking him out cold in the first round with a right hand that connected right on the button.
I don’t think Fabiano poses a legitimate threat to Urijah Faber at this point but it is definitely a fight that I would love to see. If the WEC knows what’s good for them, and it seems they do, they will give Fabiano a couple of warmup fights and then build to a Faber vs. Fabiano title fight. No matter what the outcome it’s highly likely that the fight will be an exciting one. Great signing for WEC as they are now really establishing themselves as the premier league for the lighter weight fighters.