A bout between Faber and two division UFC champion Henry Cejudo was teased immediately after the fight, but while Faber would like to fight Cejudo, one thing he’d also like to do is take all of Cejudo’s gold.
“Henry Cejudo’s got the world strap, a couple of them, and an Olympic gold medal, which I actually never set my goals on as a young wrestler. I probably should have,” Faber said at a UFC Fight Night Vancouver Fan Q&A (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “But that’s enticing, to snatch up a couple of belts and a gold medal and silence the cringe, would be a great step in the right direction for me and I think it’s a great matchup. He’s naturally a ‘25-pounder, I’m a big ‘35-pounder. He’s got the wrestling pedigree, I’ve got better jiu-jitsu. He breaks guys and I don’t break, so I think that’s a good matchup.”
Cejudo has expressed interest in the bout as well, but UFC President Dana White hinted that he may have to defend the flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez first.
The two division UFC champion is becoming known more and more for his trash talking, which is something that Faber likes about the fighter.
“I’ve known Henry for a long time. I think it’s kind of smart what he’s doing actually,” Faber said. “Henry is trying to do something that’s important to me, which is re-establish the 125-pound weight class. I don’t think it was fair for him to put blame on (former UFC flyweight champion) Demetrious (Johnson), one of the best champions of all-time for not holding it down, but he’s getting a bunch of people to talk about him. Right after my fight, my comeback fight, I mentioned his name. He’s got Dominick Cruz, one of the best fighters in the history of the division, of all-time, speaking about him. He’s got the girls speaking about him for all the wrong reasons, which we knew that was gonna happen. He’s trying to get some clout, get some recognition, and he’s going to get himself beat up most likely. He called me out, one week later I answered the call, and then he starts calling out girls and looking at birds and everything else, so if he wants it, he can get it.”
It is unlikely that Cejudo fights again this year, no matter whom the opponent is, as the two division champion had surgery a few months back.