Faber is in a tough spot.
He’s come up short in two attempts to capture UFC bantamweight
gold, but he remains one of the division’s best. Most recently, he
Menjivar via rear-naked choke on Saturday at UFC 157. But who’s
next for “The California Kid”?
“I’m in an interesting predicament where whoever I fight, if
they’re not a top contender or a titleholder, then they’re throwing
me a chump,” Faber told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, referring to the perception
that he’s being matched favorably. “What a lot of people feel, that
I get title shots -- if I get a title shot, then I’ve got too many
title shots. It’s like, I’m in a weird predicament because I’ve
been in the top of the weight class for so long.”
One option would be for Faber to move back up to 145 pounds, where
he was a champion in the WEC.
“I wouldn’t mind taking a fight at 145,” Faber said. “It would have
to be the right fight. I’ve said this for a long time: I want to do
the fights that are big, that people care about.”
Edgar was one possible featherweight opponent mentioned on
“Beatdown.” Faber sounded very interested in the matchup.
“That sounds like a huge fight to me,” Faber said. “Frankie, as far
as I’m concerned, if he gets the nod on Benson
Henderson, he’s one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the
world. Then he goes in against who I in my true heart feel is the
best fighter pound-for-pound in the world in Jose Aldo and
has a great fight with him. It’s really a fight with a couple of
the best pound-for-pound guys.”
It would likely generate plenty of interest, too. Accordingly,
Faber would want to be compensated fairly.
“I’ve had a long career where I feel like I could be able to cash
in at this point,” he said. “The UFC, although they get a lot of
flak sometimes, they are very fair. I have no complaints about them
being unfair to the fighters or anything like that. They go above
and beyond. If there’s some superfights and they feel I could be a
good sale, I’d be willing to do that as well.”
Before he turns to superfights, though, Faber would like another
crack at the 135-pound belt.
“What would mean more is if I could get the title and then start
doing the fights,” he said. “I would like to make a run at this
title, would like to get that down in the history books and then be
a two weight class champion and then have some really big
At 135, Faber may not have that many appealing options outside of
another title shot. He’s already beat Eddie
Wineland and other contenders, but he hasn’t fought Brad
“I think Brad Pickett’s a guy that has a great name, especially
over in his home country,” Faber said. “He’s an exciting fighter.
There’s a couple of other guys that have notoriety, but not many.
It’s an interesting thing for me. As far as publicity and moving up
the ladder as far as ranks and everything else, it’s just a
lose-lose situation for me. But I’ll fight whoever.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 56:22).