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


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.

For more news and rumors follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Urijah Faber has been on the shelf a bit of late, rehabbing some injuries. But “The California Kid” still is thinking down the road. Filed under: Featured Videos, MMA Rumors, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 36 views

LAS VEGAS -- Takeya Mizugaki talks about his UFC 178 fight against Dominick Cruz, what he expects to see from Cruz. his recent ear surgery, a conversation he had with Urijah Faber about Cruz, and mor read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 23 views

It appears Dominick Cruz’s three-year layoff has done little to weaken his rivalry with Urijah Faber and the rest of the Team Alpha Male camp.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

Becasue as the Brazilan bomber alluded to, there was nothing much he could've done to match or outdo "The Dominator's" UFC 178 performance. For the longest time, Raphael Assuncao has been pleading fo read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 8 views

Veteran Urijah Faber is the first to acknowledge he's in an odd spot in the UFC's bantamweight division. "It's a little weird right now when you look at the list," the former WEC featherweight champi read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

So who does "The California Kid" fight next? Urijah Faber admits that his situation, as far as where he stands in the current bantamweight landscape, is a bit "weird." "The California Kid" sits at No read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 5 views

Urijah Faber says he's not too excited about a potential bout against fellow top contender Raphael Assuncao. Urijah Faber is currently ranked as the 3rd best bantamweight, but he's in a bit of a 'wei read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

A bantamweight fight between perennial contender Urijah Faber and Cisco Rivera has been added to the lineup for UFC 181, officials announced on Wednesday evening. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Cat Zingano reclaimed her top contender status at UFC 175 by defeating Amanda Nunes. The 32-year-old will face women's bantamwieght champ Ronda Rousey in January. read news >>