After being defeated by Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 on Saturday, Urijah Faber has insisted that he will need to take time out to think about his future.
Cruz left no doubt as to who is the better fighter of the two bitter rivals at this point in time as he defended his UFC bantamweight title with ease on Saturday night, earning 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46 scores in the co-main event of UFC 199.
On the contrary, yet another loss for Faber has left him with serious decisions to consider if he wants to avoid further damage to his reputation as a fighter.
Since losing the WEC title to Mike Brown in 2008, Faber has had six shots at WEC and UFC titles (including interim titles), going 0-6 in those fights. Saturday night’s loss made him 0-4 in UFC championship matches, making him the first to ever post such a record.
Despite being 37-years-old, Faber is confident that he still has a lot to offer the UFC but insists that he needs time to consider everything.
“I’m not going to rush into any decisions,” Faber said after losing to Cruz.
The idea of fighting at his hometown Golden 1 Center, the soon-to-open home of the Sacramento Kings, is what seems to be spurring Faber to stay in the game.
“I know we’ve got the new arena coming up in Sacramento, that’s something I’m aware of, you know, that’s kind of a dream come true to be in there. That’s something to think about as well,” he admitted.
“I love this sport, I love what I do, I love fighting and combat and I love to train hard. But I want to be at my best.”