Urijah Faber Says Decision on Possible Comeback Has to be Made Soon
By FCF Staff
Urijah Faber has reported he’s thinking very seriously about ending his retirement, but the UFC Hall of Famer says he needs to make a decision on that soon,
Faber retired in December, 2016, after earning a decision win over Brad Pickett. In recent months, however, the 40-year-old has said he’s thinking about fighting again, and in the latest “MMA Hour”, Faber said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s very serious,” Faber said. “No one really gets to see the behind-the-scenes of what goes on when events are being put together or anything like that and throughout my time being retired I’ve been offered fights on a couple of different occasions and learned my lesson if I’m starting to get tempted or thinking about it just to get myself in good shape. I’ve always stayed in the gym obviously being with the team and helping to mentor the guys. Training all year round, so probably over the last six months given it a little more consideration after being offered a couple of short-notice fights and I’m like, ‘Man, that’s kind of tempting.’
“The reason I retired in the first place is just because I wanted to. I felt like it, feeling like, ‘If I’m thinking about it, it may be the time.’ The same reason why I’m thinking about coming back out and taking a fight. It sounds like fun, a little F.O.M.O., I know at my age I do really well against the guys still and if I’m gonna do it, you don’t want to wait longer. I just turned 40, which is crazy, I kind of teased that once I did turn 40 I’d like to challenge myself, kind of lifehack and do some fights, I got the new baby. Some names have been thrown out there for opponents and it’s real possible.”
Faber was also asked when he intends to make a decision, the star said “pretty soon.” Faber is scheduled to face 17-year-old grappling phenom Nicky Ryan this Saturday at Polaris 10.