Just as World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Urijah Faber was in the final days of preparation for his title defense against Mike Brown, the rug was pulled out from under him by a hurricane named Ike.
Due to potentially dangerous weather conditions in Florida, the promotion decided to postpone its WEC 36 event scheduled for Sept. 10 and push the fights back to Nov. 5 instead.
"Due to the potential of a major hurricane hitting the South Florida area on Wednesday we elected to postpone the event," said Vice President of Operations and Production Peter Dropick in a statement from the WEC.
Faber, the WEC's reigning 145-pound king, was on hand at the UFC 88 show held in Atlanta last Saturday night and he commented on the cancellation of the event.
"I'm not a guy that likes to dwell on things too much. I was obviously upset when I first heard the news," said Faber in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. "They're looking out for our best interests over there and trying to keep all the fighters and all the staff safe. I can't complain too much."
Of course safety issues aside, all of the fighters on the now cancelled show will have to endure the financial hardships of not receiving an expected payday, which could be the hardest part of the missed event.
"There's a lot of money lost by everyone," Faber stated. "The organization spent a lot of money promoting the show. I pay training partners, my trainers and stuff like that. It sucks for everyone not getting paid for the fight as well. I feel like it's just another thing to deal with.
"I'm only going to get two fights this year, and I was hoping to get at least three, maybe four so that's unfortunate, but it is what it is."
The champion did confirm that Brown will still be his opponent, but it will be on Nov. 5 now instead.