Much has been made about the longtime friendship between UFC bantamweights Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen leading up to their headlining match-up this Saturday night at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Faber introduced Jorgensen to MMA when “Young Guns” was still in college, helping him along the way as both an occasional training partner and mentor. Now, as fate has dictated, Jorgensen will use many of the skills he acquired as a result of Faber’s influence on his life in an attempt to finish “The California Kid” and move up the divisional ranks.
Jorgensen spoke some about the dynamic in an interview with MMAWeekly, expressing appreciation to Faber while also making it clear he’ll have no problem putting their relationship out of his mind when the cage door closes.
“Essentially he introduced me to our managers. I even think my first Showtime fight, he got wind of it first, called me and asked me if I wanted it. And that was how I got into the WEC,” said Jorgensen of Faber’s role in his career. “For forever, I don’t know how long it was, but everyone thought I was a part of Team Alpha Male in the beginning. That’s because I was out there a lot and I had so much to learn from Urijah.”
Fond memories aside, Jorgensen is out to procure victory this weekend and is fine with doing what it takes to achieve that goal.
“When we step in the cage, that’s the only thing that matters – those 25 minutes and how we handle ourselves,” explained Jorgensen. “I’m not worried about Urijah and what he’s going to do. I don’t care. I’m going to take care of my business and do what I do, and make him worry about what I’m doing.”
The 14-6 Jorgensen snapped a two-fight skid last December by tapping out John Albert, the fifth submission of his career. Comparably, Faber is 27-6 with 22 total stoppages.
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