UFC bantamweights Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen have known each other for years. In fact, “The California Kid” was instrumental in Jorgensen transitioning from collegiate wrestling to a career in Mixed Martial Arts. However, this weekend the longtime acquaintances will have to put their personal history behind them in order to focus on their professional futures due to a headlining fight at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Though Faber has spent time in the gym with Jorgensen before and considers him a friend, the former WEC champion doesn’t feel either factor will come into play once the cage door closes.
“We’ve evolved in different ways. There’s big differences that have happened over the years,” said Faber to MMAWeekly. “I do this every fight. I fought Ivan Menjivar back in 2006 and I didn’t take anything into account when we just fought. I trained with Brian Bowles before – he was a friend of mine – and I didn’t take any of the training we had done into account (when we fought).”
“Bottom line – this is a fight,” he continued. “It’s the same thing it would have been if we would have fought in the backyard, if we met in the street, or whatever. It’s two guys trying to impose their will and that’s how I’m approaching this.”
Both men will be looking to start a winning streak when they square off on Saturday night. Faber was last seen submitting Menjivar at UFC 157, while Jorgensen found similar success against John Albert in his most recent rumble. Faber holds an overall record of 27-6 with 22 finishes in comparison to Jorgensen’s 14-6 mark and seven stoppages.
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