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    Default Urijah Faber says open to moving back to 145 to fight Frankie Edgar

    I've been calling for this fight, wanted it more than Aldo-Edgar. They should do this after Faber beats Sptty

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    After coming up short against Renan Barao at UFC 149 last July for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim bantamweight title, Urijah Faber got back on the winning track last weekend (Feb. 23, 2013), submitting Ivan Menjivar in the very first round at UFC 157.

    The win, believe it or not, inched "The California Kid" that much closer to another title shot, seeing as how the promotion's 135-pound division isn't exactly loaded with title contenders at the moment.

    Though the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion would love nothing more than to get another crack at the crown -- preferably against bitter rival and current division champ Dominick Cruz -- Faber first has to get past his next challenge inside the Octagon as he faces Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.

    With a decade of experience in the mixed martial arts (MMA) game on his resume, Faber, who will be 34 years old in June, feels he can now "cash in" on the fruits of his labor and partake in a couple of "super fights" before his time in the hurt business comes to an end.

    Speaking to Sherdog Radio Network's "Beatdown" show, "The California Kid" talked about the possibility of moving back up to the 145-pound weight class and says he wouldn't be opposed to taking on another ex-champion in the form of former lightweight titleholder, Frankie Edgar.

    "I wouldn't mind taking a fight at 145. It would have to be the right fight. I've said this for a long time. I want to do the fights that are big, that people care about. That (Frankie Edgar) sounds like a huge fight to me. Frankie, as far as I'm concerned, if he gets the nod on Benson Henderson, he's one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Then he goes in against who I, in my true heart, feel is the best fighter pound-for-pound in the world in Jose Aldo and has a great fight with him. It's really a fight with a couple of the best pound-for-pound guys."

    For the Team Alpha Male leader, it's all about finally "cashing in" on all of his hard work and experience:

    "I've had a long career where I feel like I could be able to cash in at this point. The UFC, although they get a lot of flak sometimes, they are very fair. I have no complaints about them being unfair to the fighters or anything like that. They go above and beyond. If there's some superfights and they feel I could be a good sale, I'd be willing to do that as well."

    Of course, Urijah recognizes that chatter is premature as he is solely focused on "Young Guns" in what will be a collision of two former WEC stars who have found success inside the UFC's Octagon since making the jump to the promotion in 2011.

    Nevertheless, one can't help but to wonder just how a fight between "The Answer" and "The California Kid" would go down should the two former champs ever meet inside the cage.
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    Not really interested, as I think there's plenty of interesting match-ups for them in their respective divisions (or 155 if Edgar moves back up). Wouldn't be the world's worst matchmaking, but it really does nothing for the standing of either guy. Faber may feel he's on the tail end, but I think Edgar is still a viable contender and I'd hate to see him get tied up in pointless "superfights."

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    It would be a classic 50-45 Edgar win where Faber looks slow

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    "Super fight".... seriously?
    Currently the most over-used expression in MMA.
    Neither Faber nor Edgar represents 1/2 of a "super fight" matchup.

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    Edgar blows through Faber. Not even competitive imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuotfs View Post
    "Super fight".... seriously?
    Currently the most over-used expression in MMA.
    Neither Faber nor Edgar represents 1/2 of a "super fight" matchup.
    This.

    People apparently don't know what the term super fight is or should be. Its getting to the point of anyone changing divisions is a super fight. I didn't even consider Edgar/Aldo a superfight. GSP/Silva that'd be a superfight, Silva/Jones superfight. GSP/BJP champ vs champ that was a superfight. Can we get a moratorium on the usage of the word super fight.

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    While I think that calling this a "super fight" is a bit of a stretch - it IS a matchup that people have wanted to see for quite some time.

    Also, I didn't see too many references to calling this fight a "super fight".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFightShrink View Post
    It would be a classic 50-45 Edgar win where Faber looks slow
    I think it would be a really competitive fight.

    I don't get all the buzz about how fast Edgar is. He was fast at 155 because he should have been at featherweight. Aldo was much faster than him, especially in the opening rounds.

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    To be fair, Aldo is typically faster than most people. Not really a fair comparison imo.

    Edgar is a complete fighter imo. I still think he's probably in the top 3 at LW and FW. Again, I felt he was robbed against Benson both times and, while I scored the fight for Aldo, it was close enough for me to think Edgar would win the rematch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler View Post
    While I think that calling this a "super fight" is a bit of a stretch - it IS a matchup that people have wanted to see for quite some time.

    Also, I didn't see too many references to calling this fight a "super fight".
    It was Faber who labled it a super fight. I don't remember much talk Faber and Edgard, back in the day the matchup peopled wanted to see was Faber move up to LW and take on Penn.

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