Uriah Faber, MMA former champ, prepares for "most important fight" of his career

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Video: Urijah Faber (uncut) training session (3/31)

Video: Urijah Faber uncut interview with News10's Ryan Yamamoto

Urijah Faber trains with Master Thong at his Ultimate Fitness in Sacramento.

SLIDESHOW: Uriah Faber - "The California Kid"

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Urijah Faber is getting ready for what he calls the most important fight of his career -- a chance to regain the WEC featherweight title against Jose Aldo, one of the most dangerous 145-pound fighters in the world.

"It is going to be the first mega-fight in the history of our sport for the lightweight classes," Urijah Faber told News10. "This is the most exciting and most sought after match in the history of the sport."

For years, Faber was considered unbeatable. He defended his championship belt for almost three years until losing to Mike Brown in November 2008.

Aldo won the belt from Brown a year later, winning his last six fights by knockout. That win set up a Faber-Aldo championship fight April 24 at ARCO Arena.

"I am the guy who possesses the greatest threat to him, someone who is able to neturalize his speed," said Faber. "He is beatable. He is human. I was also the guy that no one could touch -- and you know how that goes."

Zuffa LLC, which owns both the UFC and WEC, believes the bout is big enough to make it their first WEC pay-per-view event.

"I know this will go down as a pivotal time for mixed martial arts," Faber said. "I want to win. I want to be the best, and this is my opportunity in the eyes of millions to make that concrete."


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