TORRANCE, Calif. — Urijah Faber thought about retirement after UFC 199. For maybe a few seconds.
In reality, hanging up the gloves was never truly a consideration for Faber, even after he fell to Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision in Los Angeles earlier this month. At age 37, “The California Kid” still feels like he’s at the top of his game.
“No, I’m not gonna retire,” Faber told MMA Fighting on Friday at an appearance at CrossFit South Bay. “[Joe] Rogan asked me the hard questions and I do this to be the best. I feel like [at age] 37 [was] one of the best training camps I’ve had, period. It was amazing.”
Faber (33-9), who was at the gym on behalf of his sponsor Steel Sports, recently added supplements to his nutrition regimen for the first time in his career. Still performing at an elite level, the Team Alpha Male patriarch doesn’t feel like there’s any reason to depart from the UFC just yet.
“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 done.”
After a break, Faber said he’ll come back in search of “interesting” fights. That probably does not mean an encounter with former training partner and protégé T.J. Dillashaw, though. The ex-Team Alpha Male fighter takes on Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Win or lose, Dillashaw vs. Faber is a fight that has some heat behind it. But Faber doesn’t seem to be too intrigued at the moment.
“I’m not necessarily itching for that fight,” Faber said. “That’s just a bad feeling altogether when I think about that. It makes me more sad than anything. It’s not like I’m angry about anything. ….View full article
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