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Urijah Faber Wants to Earn His Way Back to Contender Status; Hopes to Fight by Year’s End

Posted on by Damon Martin

Urijah FaberUFC 149 didn’t end the way Urijah Faber was hoping it would… with the UFC bantamweight title wrapped around his waist.

Faber lost a unanimous decision to current interim titleholder Reñan Barao, but he’s not one to sit around and wait for things to happen, so he wants to get back in action no later than the end of the year if possible.

“You’re going to see Urijah fight probably by the end of the year,” Faber’s manager, Mike Roberts, told MMAWeekly Radio. “He’d like to compete one more time (this year) and earn his way back to the top.”

The best way to earn his way back into title contention would be to face another top bantamweight on one of the cards still being scheduled in December.

Longterm, Faber wants to get another crack at the 135-pound belt, but he also has a standing grudge match with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz that still needs to be settled at some point.

While there is still interest in that fight from fans and UFC officials, alike, Roberts knows that Faber will have to work hard to get another shot at Cruz.

“Now, they’re a ways away from putting that fight together, but Urijah’s going to do his best to get right back to the top,” Roberts said about a potential Faber vs. Cruz trilogy fight.

Many of the top ten bantamweights are currently locked up for fights, but Faber will surely grab the best possible fight to get him back in contention as 2012 ends and 2013 begins.

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  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    This guys had four title shots in 3 years and hasn’t racked up more than 2 wins in a row since 08′ There are so many other fighters out there, I hope someone else gets a crack at the winner of Cruz/Barao maybe somebody who doesn’t win 1 fight after their title shot and then get another title shot.

    • rsnowbass

      Pains me to say this but I agree. Faber was so much more effective earlier in his career when he could still secure takedowns and keep 1/2 the fight on the ground.

      The game has evolved. He will stay a top 10 fighter at 135 no doubt, but will always be tettering around that #5-8 spot moving forward IMO.

      He’s done alot for the sport and for the lighter wieght classes. Like him or not, you have to respect him. He’s already had a great carreer.

      • rsnowbass

        Many typos above, take it easy Lesnardo…

    • shakejunt

      Nah man, haven’t you heard? They wanted Diaz to fight Silva, Chael to fight Jones, Edgar to fight Aldo. The new thing is to get a title shot directly after your title fight loss.

      • shakejunt

        I mean, at least Strikeforce had the excuse that they don’t have any talent when they put Jardine in with Rockhold after coming off a draw.

  • soboc1

    First one to say “I’m in” gets a title shot. Go!