Although Urijah Faber is 37 year’s old, and came up short in his latest bid to secure UFC gold, the Sacramento star isn’t abandoning his championship aspirations.
Faber took on the reigning, bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 last month, and lost the bout via unanimous decision. The fight marked the rubber match between the long standing rivals.
Leading up to the fight, there were some who argued that it was likely Faber’s last crack at a belt. Since the former WEC champ is closer to 40, then 30, and because of the depth at 135, the argument’s been made that his chances of securing another title shot are slim.
Well, recently the perennial contender appeared on the “MMA Hour”. When asked whether he will work his way back into a title fight, Faber quickly responded “of course”. The Team Alpha Male leader went on to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“How many guys have been able to stay on top for this long and be able to knock down contenders and get yourself in position for big fights at 135 and 145 pounds?” Faber said. “This all comes down to matchups.”
It’s certainly worth noting that some observers closed the book on Faber being a top contender before, but “The California Kid” continued to rack up wins and remained in the top five. Since Faber is currently ranked #2, it would be silly to say he has no chance of fighting for the belt again. As he noted, it’s all about matchups, and with an injury here, the right fight there, it could happen.
But, since Faber has two losses now to Cruz, as long as the latter is champ, his chances of fighting for the belt again aren’t great.
First things first, however, and that’s Jimmie Rivera. Faber will fight the rising bantamweight at UFC 203 on September 10th.