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Faber telling the truth or playing mind games?

Steve Cofield

Jose Aldo has a lot of people convinced that he's the real deal. At 23, he's the future of the 145 pound division. And then there's Urijah Faber, who was on the top of the month less than two years ago, who says he didn't see much to be impressed by in Aldo's dominant win over Mike Brown:

"In my head I'm going to beat him up. It wasn't that intimidating watching him fight Brown. Brown didn't look very tough. It was a close first round, and Brown did some horrible stuff on the ground. He kind of got shoved down, off like half of a double, and then turned over to his belly. Those punches didn’t even look that deadly on top of him, he just had the legs in, so that's not that intimidating to me."

Essentially Faber is suggesting that Brown gave up pretty easily. He won't do the same.

"I'm going to need to be unconscious for this fight to end. I think everyone at home knows that. You could cut off a leg or do whatever you're going to do, and I'm going to keep hobbling after the guy, and try to take him out. And I've got a lot of ways to win."

He may have a point about the way Aldo finished the Brown fight. No one is questioning Brown's toughenss. But in several conversations with the former champ, he's indicated repeatedly that his mind wasn't right for the fight. Thiago Alves also told us that Brown was injured right before the fight. Brown confirmed that, saying he had suffered a vicious cut over his eye and in some ways didn't want to be in the cage that night.

Faber certainly has the makeup and game to get his title back but he has little support from bettors. In spite of fighting in his hometown, Faber is a 3-to-1 underdog. kelvin Hunt over at MMAReal theorizes that all this talk is just an attempt to pump himself up and that he may not really believe that he can beat Aldo:

I get the sneaky suspicion that Faber is really trying to convince himself that he can win this fight, but he's not quite there yet. His choice of words, especially in regards to Aldo's ground game, is all too telling in my opinion. If anybody watched the Aldo/Brown fight and didn't come away impressed with how Aldo controlled Brown once the fight hit the mat, well they must have watched a totally different fight. In fact, it was that fight where I realized that Aldo is much bigger/stronger than I gave him credit for which could also pose another problem for Faber as it did in the fights with Brown.

It's dangerous to guess at what a fighter's really thinking. Faber has a right to question just how good Aldo is. The kid looks fabulous but he didn't face a 100 percent Brown and he's battling a potential top 10 pound-for-pound fighter with the 11,000-12,000 of his friends in Sacramento.

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