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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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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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