After a tough title-fight loss, Urijah Faber threw out the idea that UFC 199 could have been his last professional fight. He is finally silencing that notion by saying he wants to keep fighting and pursuing that belt.
"No, I'm not gonna retire. I feel like [at] 37 [I had] one of the best training camps I've had, period. It was amazing," Faber told MMAFighting.com.
Faber has long been a fan favorite inside the Octagon. He has amassed a 33-9 record over a nearly 13-year career in professional MMA, including a 9-5 UFC record. The perennial challenger, Faber has fought in four UFC title fights, but could never come out on top. The most recent defeat against rival Dominick Cruz made Faber initially question to compete, but he no longer has those doubts.
"I know I'm right there at the top," Faber said. "I don't know what's next necessarily. I'm gonna chill for a bit. But I'm definitely not done."
With Faber dismissing retirement, the next question is what is next for the California Kid? No longer an immediate challenger for the belt, he can open himself up to taking some exciting fights in the bantamweight division. Other top-five fighters like Bryan Caraway would make an exciting match up for Faber. Or he can take on someone who is also coming off a tough loss like Aljamain Sterling.
Whoever the opponent is, Faber is more concerned with where the fight would be rather than who he is facing in the Octagon.
"I've done a lot of fights [just] to do them. And I'll do that as well. But I like to try and find stuff that's interesting. Fighting in Sacramento in a new arena, that excites me," Faber said.
The Sacramento native would love nothing more than to compete in front of his home crowd. He already received a hero's welcome fighting in Los Angeles earlier this month, so he will probably be treated like a Sacramento King if he ever competes where the NBA team plans on play, the new Golden 1 Center.
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