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Urijah Faber cools retirement talk and speaks about his future

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Directly after falling to Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision at UFC199 Urijah Faber cast doubt on the future of his career. Despite what he described as the best fight camp of his life Faber was dominated by Cruz who swept the board on all of the judges scorecards.

The one sided nature of the bout left Faber pondering whether he would continue to compete in the UFC, where he has been a top contender in the bantamweight division since the weight class was absorbed into the organisation.

Discussing the war against Cruz at the post fight press conference Urijah made it clear how disappointed he was at being caught with punches multiple times.

“I didn’t feel like fatigue was an issue but I did get caught a couple of times and got outclassed in the fight.. And I don’t like that.”

Nearly three weeks on from that night at The Forum it seems like talk of a retirement at the age of 37 is slightly premature. Speaking with MMAFighting.com on Friday, the leader of Team Alpha Male made it clear upon reflection he has no intention of hanging up his gloves.

“No I’m not gonna retire, (Joe) Rogan asked me the hard questions and I do this to be the best. I feel like at age 37 this was one of the best training camps I’ve had, period. It was amazing”

With a wealth of experience to call on and a promising group of young fighters itching to make an impression on the big stage, Urijah certainly feels like he still can lead by example with big performances inside the Octagon. In spite of the fact that Faber does want to return he will take time to recuperate before seeking out another tussle in the cage.

“I know I’m right there at the top, I don’t know what’s next necessarily. I’m gonna chill for a bit. But I’m definitely not done.”

After a deserved rest Faber will dive back into a training camp preferably if an opponent that spikes his interest becomes available.

Following the acrimonious split between ex training partner TJ Dillashaw and the Team Alpha Male stable many in the MMA world have been clamouring to see a clash between mentor and former student. Ultimately this is not a fight that Urijah does not have his heart set on.

“I’m not necessarily itching for that fight,” Faber said. “That’s just a bad feeling altogether when I think about that. It makes me more sad than anything. It’s not like I’m angry about anything. It’s just kind of weird.”

Another possible option on the table for Urijah would be a return to the featherweight division. His most recent excursion at 145 pounds saw him lose in a close fight with top contender Frankie Edgar in Manilla in May 2015. A run in either weight class is not beyond “The California Kid” who also indicated that the cut to bantamweight is not as gruelling an affair with the recently adopted weigh in changes.

“With the way they’re doing the weigh in, it wasn’t half as bad, but I don’t know. I always like to do fights that are interesting. Going up to fight Frankie Edgar, headliner, the first one in the Philippines, that was interesting to me. He’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a world champion at multiple weights, he’s a contender. I like that. I like fighting Dominick Cruz for the world championship, a trilogy. I’ve done a lot of fights to do them. And I’ll do that as well. But I like to try and find stuff that’s interesting. Fighting in Sacremento in a new arena, that excites me.”

As the Sacremento Kings are set to make a move to the new Golden 1 Centre a rumour that the UFC will host an event there has been in circulation. Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen, however it seems having paid his dues Faber’s sole ambition is to be involved in big fights moving forward.

“This is something I’ve always done for the passion,” said Faber. “ I mean, my first fight I made $200 (to show), $200 to win. It wasn’t because I had visions of being super rich. Luckily the sport has caught up and it’s always nice to get paid. But I forget about the paycheck until they put it in your hands. It’s about competition, it’s about doing what I love. Yeah, I’ve got a great grasp on business, I’ve got great relationships, I’ve got a lot of things I love to do outside of the fight game, but I still have a passion for it and I still feel like I’m one of the best in the world hands down. I have bee my entire career. I don’t want to stick around too much longer, but I do want to have some big fights.”

Long considered a favourite by the fans, there will undoubtedly be many eagerly awaiting the return of the man who put the lower weight classes on the map all those years ago.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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