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Urijah Faber Believes Chances of Fighting Henry Cejudo Are “Very Good”, Following Comeback Win

Faber (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

Henry Cejudo has said Urijah Faber is one of the fighters he’s interested in fighting next, and following the latter’s victory at UFC Sacramento, “The California Kid” believes that fight could happen.

Faber returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2016 on Saturday night, and quickly stopped Ricky Simon with punches. After Cejudo won the bantamweight title last month at UFC 238, the champ-champ included Faber as one of the fighters he’d like to defend the 135 belt against.

As a result, during the post-fight show on ESPN, Tyron Woodley asked Faber what he think the chances are of a bout with Cejudo materializing (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“Very good I would think,” Faber said. “Honestly, 2016 I left as a top contender. I was ranked No. 2 when I lost to Jimmie [Rivera], and he was just kicking my ankle a little bit. In retrospect, I came out on a win but I left a championship fighter. It’s about matchups. Dominick Cruz is a tough matchup, you guys know how awkward he is and he’s gotten better over time in my opinion.

“Henry broke or I would say out conditioned and kind of broke his last fight, [Marlon] Moraes, and I’m not the type of guy that will ever break. My jiu-jitsu is definitely better than Henry and he’s got that wrestling background and I love to wrestle. I think it’s a good matchup.”

Cejudo is currently sidelined as a result of shoulder surgery. Prior to UFC Sacramento, the consensus was that Aljamain Sterling, who is ranked #2 in the 135 division, would be next for a shot at the bantamweight belt.

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