Urijah Faber announced a little while back that he’ll be hanging up the gloves, after he throws hands with Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22. But will it really be “The California Kid’s” final fight? Well, as many other folks have said in the past, Faber’s reporting you just never know…
The 37 year-old targeted UFC on FOX 22 for his retirement bout, since it’s going down in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento. The card also comes at a time when Faber is looking to rebound from consecutive losses to champion Dominick Cruz, and more recently, Jimmie Rivera.
Well, Faber was a guest on the latest “UFC Tonight“, and not surprisingly, he was asked if Saturday truly will be his final fight. The former WEC champ and longtime UFC contender stated (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I’m pretty content with what I’ve done. I wouldn’t rule out anything. But I’m planning on phasing it out and focusing on other things. I know it’ll be tempting. My focus is to hang it up.”
Fair enough. As we’ve seen in the past, it’s not that uncommon for a fighter to retire, and then return to the Octagon. You have to wonder, however, if the itch to fight again might be stronger, if Faber defeats Picket this weekend right?
While discussing the rugged, British vet, Faber had this to say:
“He’s a championship-level fighter. He has more submissions than has knockouts, but always goes for the kill. The difference is he’s a tit-for-tat guy. He’ll give a punch to take a punch. I’m a little less inclined to do that. I think speed will be an advantage for me, but you never know.”
Pickett is looking to return to the win column as well, as he was submitted by Iuri Alcantara in October. It’s going to be interesting to see how this fight unfolds.