LAS VEGAS – Urijah Faber’s MMA retirement might not last for all that long.
Although Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who hung up his gloves following a win over Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22 in December 2016, is very happy with his post-fighting life, he said he constantly gets the itch for competition.
Faber is able to somewhat satisfy that desire by participating in grappling events such as next month’s Quintet 3 in Las Vegas, but it’s not quite the same adrenaline rush as a real fight. “The California Kid” said he doesn’t know what the future holds for him, but he won’t close the door on fighting for good.
“Could I do some more fights? Absolutely,” Faber told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at a recent Quintet 3 media event in Las Vegas. “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, the former WEC champ and three-time UFC title challenger, said he still trains regularly at his gym, Team Alpha Male. He’s also still active in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing pool, meaning he remains eligible to fight at any time.
Despite being 39, Faber said he’s kept himself in tremendous shape since retiring and does not feel much in the way of wear-and-tear from his more than 13-year, 44-fight career. He was not pushed out of the sport due to an ugly string of losses or an inability to hang with top competition; he just felt it was time to move on.
The feeling that took him out of the sport could easily be the one that brings him back, though, he said.
“I’m still contracted to the UFC, I’m still in the USADA pooling just in case something comes up,” Faber 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.”
The criteria for luring Faber back into the octagon isn’t all that complicated, he said. An intriguing opponent and a worthwhile payday are essentially the only two pillars standing in his way. Neither of those are on the table for him at the moment, though, so for now the UFC Hall-of-Famer simply plans to keep enjoying his life.
“I would never rule out a comeback,” Faber said. “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.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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