Urijah Faber on continuing to fight after Petr Yan loss: ‘It’s not yay or nay. It’s maybe!’

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Urijah Faber made his Octagon return in 2019 after having retired since 2016. He won his comeback fight against Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Night 155 in July.

He then took on the hard-hitting Russian Petr Yan, who was on a six-fight winning streak in the UFC. The pair fought at UFC 245 and the ‘California Kid’ got knocked out in the third round.

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Faber who turns 41 in May is not sure if he wants to continue fighting anymore.

Urijah Faber unsure about his fighting future

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I actually had a great time in that fight,” Faber told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “I was really inspired by that entire process and I knew that kid was going to be very tough, which is one of the reasons why I picked that fight.

Because I felt like he was going to do something big in the future, and I was hoping to steal some of his thunder, but it was a good time to go to fisticuffs with a young, a top contender.”

My whole thing is this — I will stay in phenomenal shape because that’s what I do,” Faber explained. “I’m going to stay in the gym and in the environment because that’s what I love to do.

If I feel like I want to do something and I feel froggy, I’ll jump. It may be the right opportunity, it might be a birthday present to myself, or it may not happen at all.”

I’m enjoying just living life, the new baby, all the business ventures,” Faber said. “It’s not a yay or nay. It’s maybe. I’ll stay poised and ready.”

A fight with TJ Dillashaw?

TJ Dillashaw and Urijah Faber used to be very close in the beginning. The pair used to train together but their relationship went sideways. Now that Faber has said that he is more interested in picking his fights, a showdown between him and Dillashaw makes sense.

Dillashaw is currently serving a two-year suspension following a failed drug test in his fight against Henry Cejudo. His suspension will end on January 18, 2021.

I mean the only reason it interests me is because I think there’s probably some money involved in that fight,” Faber said in an interview last year. “For a long time I didn’t want to deal with the drama of the whole thing and it didn’t sound enticing to me.

I was close with his family and whatnot, especially at the beginning of this. I don’t really feel like I know the guy, or I do know him, a fight with him would be a good one.”

As far as waiting around, I’m not really the waiting around type for anything but we’ll see what happens,” Faber said. “He’ll be off the PED’s (performance-enhancing drugs) when he comes back and I’ll be 42 so that should even things out.”


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