BOSTON – Urijah Faber may be talking about superfights a little bit here and there, but make no mistake – it’s still the bantamweight title he wants.

The 135-pound title picture, though, has been slightly murky, and Faber knows that all too well. With champion Dominick Cruz inching closer to two years without a fight, and now talking about being ready to return in February – which would be roughly 28 months between fights – and interim champ Renan Barao having a recent injury setback of his own, Faber has to be wondering just when he’ll get another crack at bantamweight gold.

And so on the heels of his fight against Yuri Alcantara (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC), which takes place Saturday on the main card of UFC Fight Night 26 at TD Garden in Boston, Faber (28-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is trying to treat the fight as another stepping stone to getting back to a title shot. And he still maintains Alcantara isn’t the biggest name he’ll have ever fought, but he might be among the toughest.

“I look at it for truly what it is – it’s a competition between two fighters,” Faber said. “He’s more dangerous than a lot of guys I’ve fought. A lot – more than anyone else I’ve fought in the weight division. I have to take that seriously, and I still have to do all the interviews – so it still feels exactly the same, other than people not knowing who he is.”

So when Faber talks about the possibility of superfights back at featherweight, where he was a longtime titleholder in the WEC, it’s easy to wonder if he’s giving up on the idea of getting into another bantamweight title fight anytime soon.

Barao defends his interim belt against Eddie Wineland next month at UFC 165 in Toronto. Barao won the interim title in a dominant performance against Faber at UFC 149 more than a year ago when Cruz’s first knee injury put him on the shelf. Barao then defended the title against Michael McDonald in February.

Faber, meanwhile, has gotten back on track with a pair of rear-naked choke submissions of Ivan Menjivar in February and Scott Jorgensen in April.

A third straight win, in theory, could have Faber right there. But the timing of the Barao-Wineland fight in September and Cruz’s new timeline of February could mean the champ returns to unify the belts. And that could mean Faber is still waiting for that title shot a year from now – even though that remains his steadfast priority.

“The goal is to get the belt, but as you guys know, it’s been kind of a mess trying to get the belt with both of the guys out,” he said. “But I’m still eying for that. But I want to have some big fights, also. I think it’s the right time in my career to do that.”

And though he’s been quick to criticize Cruz in the past – the two are heated rivals who were looking to settle things with a rubber match when Cruz got hurt – he doesn’t believe the champ should be punished for his injuries.

“I don’t think you take the belt away from Dominick,” Faber told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “He’s earned what he’s got. When he comes back in the picture, everyone’s going to want to see him fight a top guy. It’s the same predicament I’ve been in. If I lost in a title fight, I fought a No. 1 contender (next). You don’t want to see me fight someone who doesn’t matter. That gets me right back into title fights. But the bottom line is, no one wants to see him take a step backwards, so when Dominick comes back, he needs to be tested against the best because he’s considered the best right now.”

As for whether that should be Faber, he’s noncommittal right now, likely pending the Alcantara outcome.

But he knows where he stands at either bantamweight or featherweight.

“I’m still right there at the top of the heap trying to make my name and have fun.”

For the latest on UFC Fight Night 26, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

UFC 189 'Embedded' video blog (Ep. 1): Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes rag on constipated Conor McGregor

  • 4 days ago
  • 74 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back with its "Embedded" video blog series, picking up where it left off with UFC 189, the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in L read news >>

UFC 189: Jose Aldo 'lost his mind' when sparring partner started talking trash like Conor McGregor

  • 13 days ago
  • 273 views

Remember guys, fights with trash talk always suck and never deliver. That hasn't stopped Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight No. 1 contender Conor McGregor from running off at the mout read news >>

Conor's Trash-talk Catches The Rock's Attention

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Conor McGregor's showmanship, trash-talking raise The Rock's eyebrowBy Ryan McKinell, YahooSports.com read news >>

Fight Night Berlin Talking Points: The Reign Of The Beast

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 views

Jedrzejczyk proved again Saturday in Berlin that she’s the UFC strawweight division’s version of Ronda Rousey. With a little bit of Conor McGregor thrown in. read news >>

UFC 188 Talking Points: Werdum Assumes Throne

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

One day after Fabricio Werdum transformed his UFC interim heavyweight title into the undisputed crown, we’re left to sort out the results of a main event that seemed more about the deposed champion t read news >>

UFC 188 video: Fabricio Werdum calls Luke Rockhold a 'nobody'

  • 25 days ago
  • 40 views

The trash talking before UFC 188's big heavyweight title fight continues in this third episode of Embedded. Here's the third episode of UFC 188 Embedded and there's more trash talking from heavyweigh read news >>

Urijah Faber: When push comes to shove, Conor McGregor will 'give up' against Jose Aldo at UFC 189

  • 26 days ago
  • 234 views

Bold claim by "The California Kid." Both of Conor McGregor's early mixed martial arts (MMA) losses came by way of submission. But according to Urijah Faber, we could very well see a third surrender w read news >>

Cain Velasquez's Head Coach Talking Serious Trash in Lead Up to Werdum Fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 27 views

Don't bother showing up to UFC 188, Fabricio Werdum. You have no chance. Cain Velasquez is going to kill you. Even if you make it to the fifth round, Velasquez is going to beat you up worse than he d read news >>

Urijah Faber: When push comes to shove, Conor McGregor would be ‘happy to give up’

  • 26 days ago
  • 115 views

According to Urijah Faber, when the going gets tough, Conor McGregor is the first one to look for a way out. read news >>

Video: Francisco Rivera talks lack of bonus, possible rematch with Urijah Faber

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

After a 21-second thrashing of Alex Caceres, Francisco Rivera openly begged for a $50,000 fight-night bonus. He didn’t get it, but he hopes UFC officials will grant his other wish.Filed under: Featur read news >>