This Saturday night in Las Vegas, Urijah Faber will try to de-throne Dominick Cruz in a bantamweight title fight that could be one for the ages. And while knocking out the champ is never easy, this Man of the Moment has a few things going for him. One, he’s the only guy to ever beat Cruz. Two, he doesn’t really like the dude. (“I think it’s safe to say we’re not each other’s favorite people,” he says. “I’m looking forward to punching him in the face.”) And three, he’s been training with Kenny Powers. Here, the UFC star steps into our hexagon of doom, also known as our six-pack of life advice questions.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
URIJAH FABER: Definitely my phone. I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was like 22. I didn’t want it at first. But now it’s like attached to the hip. I’ve got the Internet on there, I’ve got my email, I’ve got my text messaging, I’ve got all my business stuff. I use it for everything.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day at work?
UF: Amp Energy before practice and maybe some sort of Gatorade or something afterwards. I also like kombucha tea. That’s like part of my diet.
MM: What grooming, style or fitness thing can a guy do in the morning to look good all day?
UF: I would say grooming starts with your lifestyle. So get in shape, stay in shape, and you won’t have to worry about what you look like as much in the morning.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about women, and who gave it to you?
UF: Basically, let them think they’re right. And I can’t remember who told me that. I think I just learned it.
MM: What can UFC teach guys about being better men?
UF: Appearances don’t always matter. It’s all about the heart and the mind. You know, you see a lot of guys, like a Big Boy Roy, for example, who is not the most intimidating-looking guy. Or like myself. If you saw me walking down the street with a shirt on, you wouldn’t think I was a killer. [Editor’s note: Faber is 5’6”, 135 pounds, and as far as we know, he’s never killed anyone.] But, you know, don’t judge a book by its cover. And also, anything’s attainable.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
UF: Don’t sweat the petty stuff. And there’s a second part to that, but we’ll leave that out…
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