by: Matt De La Rosa
Instead of getting an immediate rematch with Mike Thomas Brown, Urijah Faber reportedly will face off against Jens Pulver one more time.
The two featherweights squared off back in June at WEC 34 with “The California Kid” defeating Pulver via unanimous decision after five hard fought rounds.
The number one featherweight contender spot gets awarded to Leonard Garcia (12-3) who will receive the first crack at Mike Thomas Brown’s 145 pound title. Garcia stopped Pulver at 1:12 in the first at WEC 36, the same event where Brown took Faber’s title.
Both Faber and Pulver could use the victory after suffering losses in their last bouts. For Pulver, the former UFC Lightweight Champion, four of his last five bouts have been in the loss column. Faber would most likely find himself fighting for the title in his next bout if he were to defeat Pulver.
The WEC 34 card in Sacramento, headlined by Faber and Pulver, drew 12,001 fans and earned $738,885 at the gate. Faber, a Sacramento resident, can arguably be described as the WEC’s most popular fighter and biggest draw. Pulver made his mark in the UFC and will forever be a legend in the eyes of MMA fans. Putting the two together again makes sense from a business and match making point of view.
WEC 38 is set to occur on Janurary 25th of next year, in San Diego California.