‘I Don’t Think So’- Urijah Faber Rules Out Boxing Crossover for His Return

Published 08/20/2021, 1:22 PM EDT


UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber recently appeared for an interview with The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani. The former WEC featherweight champion discussed many things with the ace reporter, including his potential return to the octagon, offers he has been getting, and also about a possible stint in boxing.

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While talking about a boxing stint, Faber detailed his limitations and said, “I don’t think so. I’m 42 at this point. As an older fighter, the thing that you have to watch out for is that you are a little bit more likely to be affected by punches, etc.

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“So I can play against that with being extremely good technically, still having enough of a chin and being able to do battle and test that out. But we also have all the different disciplines in mixed martial arts. We have the clinch and we have wrestling and we have jiu-jitsu and we have the ability to kick and push,” he added.

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The former WEC featherweight champ then detailed his fighting style and how it differed totally from boxing. “I was a guy who had a style that didn’t really take a lot of damage, but it wouldn’t make sense for me to go throw my hat into a sport where that’s the only way a guy is trying to win against you is to knock your head off. It’s not as much of a chess match, it’s more like checkers.” (h/t via MMA Fighting)

How did Urijah Faber fare in his last few matches?

Faber (35-11) retired from the sport in 2016 but returned for 2 fight stints three years later. First, he fought against Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Night 155. ‘The California Kid’ defeated Simon via knockout out in just 46 seconds into round 1.

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He then fought former bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, at UFC 245 in a bantamweight fight. The Russian defeated Faber in a third-round KO/TKO. Currently, Faber is healing a dislocated pinky finger and hasn’t ruled out a return once he is fit.

Faber also serves as a coach-cum-mentor to many prominent athletes in his gym, Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male, and thus is never away from fighting games.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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