Urijah Faber retires

Urijah Faber on if he’ll ever fight again: “It’s very possible”

“The California Kid” Urijah Faber is one of the most celebrated, beloved fighters in mixed martial arts.

Known for his fast paced style, and explosive ability to finish fights, Faber has captured the hearts of MMA fans for years throughout his glorious legendary career.

A multi time former bantamweight champion in the WEC, and former UFC bantamweight title contender, Faber reached the highest of heights during his tenure in the sport.

Now retired from MMA, Faber has recently focused his attention on coaching up the next generation of fighters with his world famous Team Alpha Male camp, and will now step back onto the mat to compete at Quintet 3 next month.

While events such as this will allow Faber to keep his competitive juices flowing, he doesn’t rule out the potential of putting the four ounce gloves back on an stepping back inside the cage in the near future.

“Could I do some more fights? Absolutely,” the 39-year-old Urijah Faber told reporters at a recent media event promoting the Quintet 3 card (via MMAjunkie). “Could I do years of more fights? Absolutely. Would I maybe do some fights? Very possible. But right now, I’m enjoying having my brain and having a good time.”

Faber stated he’s still under contract with the UFC, and is currently in the USADA testing pool as well , which makes you believe all the incentives for a UFC return are there.

“I’m still contracted to the UFC, I’m still in the USADA pooling just in case something comes up,” he said. “I train more than some of the guys who are pros, to be honest. I’m in the gym all the time when I’m in town, especially. I wouldn’t put it past jumping back in. I know that I’ve watched throughout. I’ve been a student of careers – guys like Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz and [Dan] Henderson and these guys who have fought well into their 40s.”

“I know it’s very possible and I would be a candidate since I live such a healthy lifestyle and I didn’t take a ton of damage. But for right now, I’m just really enjoying doing what I’m doing. Being a guy who is mentoring and doing business and entertainment and having a lot of fun.”

“I would never rule out a comeback,” he concluded. “This is the real world. It would have to be a fight that makes a lot of sense and have some good money behind it. It’d have to get me excited. That’s all.”

Would you be pumped to witness a UFC return from Urijah Faber?


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George Kennebrew