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Urijah Faber Understands How Important Chael Sonnen is to UFC

Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva and the rest of the Brazilian MMA community may disagree, but Urijah Faber doesn't care. "The California Kid" believes the sport of MMA needs guys like Chael Sonnen.

During a recent question and answer session, Faber was asked about Sonnen. The UFC No. 1 middleweight contender will meet UFC champion Anderson Silva Saturday night in the main event of UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.

"I think this sport needs guys like Chael Sonnen," Faber said (thanks to for transcribing). "He probably won't admit (to switching from a quiet fighter to the Sonnen of now), but the guy made a switch and decided, hey, I'm gonna stand out in this sport. I'm gonna create my own opportunities and he does it in an interesting way that people either really hate or really love."

Faber was originally scheduled to be part of the card with Silva-Sonnen, but has since been moved to the main event of UFC 149. He will compete for the interim UFC bantamweight title against Renan Barao on July 21.

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