This Sunday, June 7, live on Versus, World Extreme Cagefighting will be headlined by a five-round slug fest between former featherweight king Urijah Faber (pictured, left) and the man who dethroned him, Mike Thomas Brown (pictured, right).
We had a chance to talk to both the former champ and the current one. Wanting the interview to be informative and concise as possible, we grilled Urijah and Brown with questions from Sports Illustrated's "Cheerleader of the Week". If you're going to steal, then steal from the best. These brilliantly crafted 20 queries regularly delve deep into the soul of our nation's collegiate leader of cheers. Where once there was a dearth of knowledge on what "celebrity crush" a cheerleader from Arizona State University has, now there is a surplus. Thank you SI and bless your kind souls for your journalistic integrity.
I love my school (University of California, Davis), but I almost went to: University of California, Santa Barbara. I was born in Santa Barbara and I have some family there. I just love being by the ocean.
My best physical feature is: I've got nice teeth. I've got a nice smile.
If you looked at the "most played" songs on my iPod, you'd see a lot of: Jack Johnson. I usually don't listen to music when I train. Training gets too intense to listen to music. There is music playing in the gym, but I don't put it on. I like to listen to Jack Johnson in between training, it's nice and relaxing.
My worst habit is: Being extremely unorganized, and I'm terrible at planning.
My fight day superstitions are: I like to sleep in as long as possible. I turn off my phone. I don't set an alarm, I like to just get up when I feel like it. I don't want to be disturbed. I like to stay up later the week of the fight and wake up later.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Dana White [current president of UFC] and I would give myself a huge raise.
The talent I'd most like to have that I don't possess is: Flying a plane.
These three things top my bucket list: Travel the world, start a family, be happy.
I'd want my last meal to be: Something home-cooked from my mom. Something Italian.
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a fight is: I guess getting TKO'ed. But I wasn't embarrassed; I don't think I'm embarrassed about anything that has happened in my fights. [Urijah's 22-2 record is definitely nothing to be embarrassed about.]
Three things I'd take to a desert island are: Survival book, a chick of my choice -- someone well-rounded, hot and smart -- and an international phone.
My favorite sport and professional sports teams are: I have been a huge football fan since I was little. My team has always been the 49ers. I haven't really followed other sports since I got into fighting though.
My one guilty pleasure is: Vanilla ice cream.
My celebrity crush is: It changes from time to time. I just like hot chicks in general. I always liked Cameron Diaz.
Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead) are: Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe and my grandpa.
My friends would be surprised to know that I: Nothing. I'm a talker, so if I do something I usually talk about it.
The next risk I want to take is: I'm going to get into a cage and get into fight. That's kind of risky if you ask me.
The reality show I'd do best on is: "Survivor."
The worst date I've ever been on was: My girlfriend and I got food poisoning once. We went out for bad seafood, and we both got pretty sick.
I love my school (Norwich University), but I almost went to: I only looked at one school. All I wanted was a school with a wrestling team and jiu-jitsu club, and my friend told me that had it so I went. If I didn't go there I maybe would have gone to University of Southern Maine. I wanted to stay local, so I could have gone there.
My best physical feature is: Hands.
If I had to watch one movie on loop forever, it would be: "Step Brothers." If you looked at the "most played" songs on my iPod, you'd see a lot of: "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
My worst habit is: Partying.
My fight day superstitions are: None. I don't believe in that sh-t. I'd love to trade places for a day with: Hugh Hefner.
The talent I'd most like to have that I don't possess is: I wish I could speak multiple languages.
These three things top my bucket list: Go to Amsterdam, make a million dollars, write a book.
I'd want my last meal to be: At a Brazilian steakhouse called Chima. All kinds of meats, tons of meats. Rodizio style -- they just keep cutting meat and putting it on your plate.
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a fight is: That's an easy one. One time, I was fighting Yves Edward and I went to take him down, and he landed on my stomach and I farted. He said to me during the fight "you stinky bastard" and then he started hammer-fisting me in the head. I didn't tell people for awhile because I was embarrassed, but I've come clean about it. He and I are buddies now, so we've talked about it since then.
Three things I'd take to a desert island are: The Internet, booze and a hot chick. My favorite sport and professional sports teams are: I like watching boxing. I like Mickey Ward, Arturo Gatti, Mike Tyson, but I would say Gatti is my favorite. My one guilty pleasure is: Wine. Red wine.
My celebrity crush is: Gina Carano. Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead) are: Mike Tyson, Will Ferrell, Bill Gates, Pamela Anderson and the guy who invented Mountain Dew -- whoever that guy is, he's a genius. My friends would be surprised to know that I: Nothing. My friends know everything about me. My friends are like my psychologists, so I run everything by them before I do something. I bounce the ideas off of them to see if I'm crazy or not.
The next risk I want to take is: Jesus, I think fighting is risky enough.
The worst date I've ever been on was: I'm kind of a relationship guy and have been in long multi-year relationships, so I'm not much of a dater. I've definitely been on some dates where the girl wasn't into me or I wasn't into the girl, but I don't think I've had a worst date.