At last weeks UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, ProMMARadio caught up with Urijah Faber and asked him what his plans going forward were after losing a bid for the title to Jose Aldo in April. It seems the featherweight star and poster-boy for the WEC is planning on a move to the bantamweight division.
“It sounds like [the WEC] wants me to go down to 35,” Faber revealed. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, have some fights down there.”
Faber doesn’t think it will be particularly difficult for him to shed the extra 10 pounds to make the weight limit.
“All through college I was 133 pounds,” he said. “I’m probably a natural [bantamweight], it won’t be difficult for me.”
This, of course, opens the doors for a potential superfight against former champion Miguel Angel Torres, who has dropped two straight in losing his championship to Brian Bowles and a comeback fight to Faber teammate Joseph Benavidez. Regardless of who he faces, however, it seems likely that a bantamweight title shot would not be far away, should Faber win his first fight in the new division. Faber has already beaten current WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, albeit three years ago and at featherweight, so that matchup is easy to build upon. The aforementioned teammate, Benavidez, was beaten by unanimous decision when he faced Cruz in August of last year.
Luckily, Faber’s legion of fans won’t have to wait long to see him in the cage again.
“Not 100% sure when [I'm going to fight next], but it’s going to be fairly soon,” said Urijah.
With no match-ups announced, or even hinted at, looking past WEC 49 later this month, there are plenty of cards to fill. The “California Kid” won’t be gone for long.