Former WEC featherweight champion, four-time UFC title challenger and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber isn't counting out a return to competing inside of the Octagon.
Faber recently spoke with MMA personality The Schmo and was asked about the likelihood of his return to fighting, which despite being 42-years old, the California native seemed pretty open to the possibility of getting back in the mix of the UFC's bantamweight division. Faber hasn't fought since December 2019 where he was knocked out in the third round by former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 245.
“I was definitely not planning on the whole shutdown of the entire world and, at that time, having a baby on the way and a newborn,” Faber said (h/t MMAFighting). “I fight because I love it, it’s a good time, the entire experience. Not having a crowd, I was definitely not going to fight. Now that the crowd’s back, I wouldn’t put it past. I’ve heard maybe like seven or eight guys that have called me out, maybe asked for the fight, some respectfully, some disrespectfully. Chito Vera, he’s one of the guys. That would be an interesting matchup. I would probably, if I was going to compete, I'd need to get back into Rocky mode and it would take me a couple months. I just dislocated my pinky unfortunately in practice, which I don't know how long that's going to take to recover, but I’m not opposed to getting in a good old fistfight. It's fun, you get paid, part of your passion, so don’t count the idea out. I’ll have a sit down with Sean Shelby and maybe Dana White and see if they think it’s a good idea to get back in there but I’m always game.”