Since Urijah Faber is 37 year’s-old and has gone 0-3 in UFC title fights to date, some believe this Saturday’s bout with Dominick Cruz represents his last shot at securing UFC gold. If you’re one of those folks, well, “The California Kid” has some feedback for you…
Faber faced Cruz back in 2012, and lost to the bantamweight champ via UD. The Team Alpha Male fighter defeated his rival back in 2007, but that was under the WEC banner. Faber also battled Renan Barao for the UFC’s interim and world 135 title twice, but came up short both times. As a result of all this, some have argued that June 4th will be Faber’s last crack at winning UFC gold.
Well, recently the Sacramento star was asked to comment on this theory, and Faber said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“People say the weirdest things,” Faber said. “I mean, when somebody gets into the Super Bowl, should they stop trying to get back to the Super Bowl? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve been at this sport for 13 years. I mean, people want to see me fight all sorts of people out there. Do you know how many times people have said that? There’s a story to every win and every loss. Like I said, Dominick hasn’t fought one of the guys I’ve lost to. Zero. I’ve had twice as many fights. There’s a lot that needs to happen still and it’s all about this weekend. But there’s no last anything. I’m going to get that strap.”
It’s not surprising to hear Faber say this, and it is true that anything can happen in MMA. If Faber, say, loses but it’s an extremely competitive bout, it’s not inconceivable that another title fight could materialize.
But, there’s no denying that a loss, even a closely contested one, will be a serious setback for Faber’s title aspirations. After all, this is a division that also includes dudes like TJ Dillashaw, Raphael Assuncao, Cody Garbrandt and Bryan Caraway, among others.
UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Los Angeles.