Urijah Faber Not Sure What’s Next After Second Failed UFC Title Bid

July 22, 2012
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Once counted among the vaunted “nearly indestructible” in mixed martial arts, former WEC champion Urijah Faber has become human over the past few years.

Starting out with an impressive run to 21-1 to start his career, including capturing and defending the WEC featherweight championship, Faber has since gone 5-5 in the cage.

He lost the WEC belt to Mike Brown in late 2008 and has yet to return gold to his waist. Faber failed in three attempts to regain the belt in the WEC, and at UFC 149 on Saturday night in Calgary, was unsuccessful in his second attempt at a UFC belt.

Renan Barão utilized much the same strategy as his teammate, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, to overcome Faber, using kicks and knees to slow his mobility en route to a unanimous decision.

That puts Faber’s failed attempts to regain a title at five. Most fighters rarely see that number of title fights even from the winning side of the equation, so where does Faber go from here?

“I don’t know. I fought a guy on a huge win streak and didn’t get it done. I fought Dominick (Cruz), who is considered the champ right now, as well,” Faber reflected at the UFC 149 post-fight press conference. “I’m right there, it’s just a matter of continuing to heal up and then reassess this thing.”

UFC president Dana White agreed, saying that it would be good to let things settle for a little bit before they determine Faber’s next move.

One move that won’t be happening, despite Faber dropping weight classes in the past, is another move down on the scale.

“Pffft. No way,” Faber laughed when asked about whether or not a drop down to 125 pounds was even possible for him. “I put on 18 pounds last night (after weighing in at 135 pounds on Friday). I would probably not be here if I was attempting 125s. No, 135s is where I’ll be.”

Thinking that he may have suffered a broken rib early on in the fight, Faber doesn’t need to make any rash decisions. He’ll need some time to heal up before he can determine his career strategy and get back in the gym.

He certainly doesn’t sound like a man that has given up, however.

Disappointed? Yes. But to the point of giving up? No.

“This is what I do for a living, so this isn’t anything that new, really.”

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  • shakejunt

    if cruz eventually beats barao, he’ll have grounds for another shot, but if not then he’ll take money fights and be a gatekeeper for the upper echelon of 135 or 145 and a pretty good one at that.

  • b-soc

    Cruz won’t beat Barao. I think barao has the stuff to win the title and hold it for a long time.

  • OK, let’s face it: Faber is overrated by his popularity.
    He choked every title fight, and that’s a fact.
    He get title shots too much easily and in this moment he’s out of his prime and not more than a top 5 gatekeeper in a not too much talented division.

    I feel that also McDonald cold kick his ass, and another loss will evidence his fading.

    • KBEsq

      I respectfully disagree with this (and the comment below for that matter). I’m not even a huge Faber fan, but I think he’s very good, and his title fight losses aren’t devastating to his career. Faber has had four fights in the UFC. He pretty much destroyed Bowles, and he picked Wineland apart. Wineland and Bowles are no joke.

      In his fight with Cruz, he almost won. He certainly didn’t get beat badly. Same with Barao. I would love to see a fight with McDonald, but I doubt that would happen coming off a loss.

  • clemwilson

    Faber isn’t championship material. The wee mini midget is not worthy of being a champ because he sin’t very good. Champions have superior MMA skill and Faber is average. Maybe try barber college or toll booth school Faber?

  • joeshine

    Has faber ever won a meaningful fight? Faber is probably the most overrated MMA fighter of all time he stinks.

  • kevstinx

    All the same these fighters, eg: Florian, Sanchez I can’t win that title, so I will give up or change weight class. Do these fighters ego’s inflate that much they can not handle a loss, you win some you lose some. Learning to lose gracefully and learning from the mistakes to improve is what excels them to the next level. Sounds a bit like Italy, if they are losing the war, lets change sides to the winning side. What has happened to true mma fighters. I hope that Jon Jones does not throw his dummy out the pram if he loses his title. We all know Rampage went on one after his super ego was scratched by Forrest.

  • joeshine

    faber belongs in midget wrestling.