http://buddhasport.com/community/article/109/urijah-faber-toughest-fighter-in-mmaUrijah Faber, toughest fighter in MMA
Published on 4/26/2010, 11:37 AM Last Update: 4 minute(s) ago by Nicholas Mirabella
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Urijah Faber is one of the toughest fighters in the history of MMA. Faber held the Featherweight Belt for almost three years and dominated in the WEC, untill he ran in to MIke Brown. Many called it a lucky win for Brown, thinking there was no way he could beat this unbeatable fighter, it had to be luck.
Faber got his chance at redemption and in the first round of their rematch he broke his hand and continued to fight 4 more rounds. Faber actually damaged both hands in that fight, but he kept moving forward and pushing the pace. Even in defeat Faber gained the respect of his fans from his show of heart and warrior attitude.
On Saturday April 24th 2010 Urijah Faber faced Jose Aldo. A younger, faster, and some say more technical fighter. Aldo punished Faber with Thai kicks for all 5 rounds that would make the average MMA fighter curl up and take a TKO loss, but not Faber. He tried to gain control on the ground when he was kicked off his feet, he still attempted to take Aldo down even when his leg was battered the muscle was mush.
In the fourth round Faber was put in a crucifix, again he didn't quit. He pushed, twisted bucked and tried to get his arm free from Aldo's hold. This is a position where any other fighter lays and takes the TKO loss, but his warrior spirit kept him in the fight.
Below is the picture of Faber's leg. Looking at this picture and knowing how punishing Thai kicks, are made me compelled to write this article. I've been a fan of Faber's for quite some time now, but seeing the size of his heart as he fought through the pain of injury put's him in my top 5 favorite fighters of all time.
This article is not to take anything away from Jose Aldo, he won the fight and I feel he's one of the P4P best fighters in the sport today, but they don't get much tougher then Urijah Faber.
All fighters have a have a cold streak in there career, this is the toughest sport to stay on top forever. There have been talks of him needing to retire after this fight( LINK), that's just nonsense. Faber is still in his prime and will be back, that's a guarantee. You might be able to take a win from Urijah, but you'll never take his heart!!!