VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Urijah Faber said he doesn’t feel the need to compete again but admitted he’s been itching for another fight.
Faber (35-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) this past Saturday said his next move has not been set in stone, but would like to sit down with UFC president Dana White to discuss his options.
He’ll be happy to fight – only if it’s worth his while.
“It’s either pay me to fight whoever you want, or I’ll just fight people who sound interesting to me,” Faber said at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. “I want to talk to Dana about it to be honest – sit down with him and say, ‘Look, there’s a couple of ways this can go: I can not fight again, I could fight big fights, or you can pay me a bunch to fight the new up-and-comers that you want to have me fight.’
“That’s the way I look at it, and for me, I don’t have to fight. I love fighting, I’ve been staying hungry, I’m going to continue to compete regardless. I’m going to do more grappling matches and stay in the gym, so I’ll be ready for anything. Nut no guarantees, really.”
Faber knows the UFC has tried to build stars off of him before. He’s taken on champions, contenders and up-and-comers throughout his career, showing his willingness to fight anyone.
He made a successful return to the UFC when he fought rising bantamweight prospect Ricky Simon at UFC on ESPN+ 13. He took him out in less than a minute.
“That’s happened a lot, by the way,” Faber said. “Michael McDonald, Ricky Simon, there’s a long list of guys that they’ve tried to do that with me because at 40 years old, I’ve been an older guy for a decade now, in their minds. But for me, look good, feel good, live a healthy lifestyle.”
But with three fights left on his contract, Faber wants to get paid. He’s seen the sport grow and all the possibilities, believing he’s earned the right to be rewarded.
“The biggest thing is the landscape, in my opinion,” Faber said. “The most exciting part about the sport right now is ESPN, about the global expansion, about the other organizations out there. I’m under contract with the UFC, but I’ve heard what organizations are paying across the globe and the sport is just rising and rising. I’m a UFC guy. I want to fight in the UFC, but my contract is four years old. I’d like to rehash things and say, ‘Look, I’d like to be rewarded for it, but let’s have it make sense.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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