After a convincing loss to WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, it appears that Urijah Faber will now head down to the bantamweight division for his next fight.
“From the sound of things, it sounds like their going to want me to go to 35’s (135lbs),” Faber tells Pro MMA Radio while attending the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas this weekend. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, go down and have some fights down there. So I’ll probably have a couple of fights down there, maybe go back up to 45’s…we’re not real sure yet.”
The reason Faber may be reluctant to stick around at bantamweight is that his friend and team-mate Joseph Benavidez is currently rising high in the division and could soon challenge for the title. Faber has already stated he doesn’t want to interfere with his progress, and wouldn’t fight him due to their friendship.
135lbs is a weight that makes a lot of sense for Faber though as he himself acknowledges, particularly since he’s lost some muscle after spending time off after injuring his leg in his last bout.
“I’m a small 45lb’er, so all through college I was 133lbs. It wasn’t like it’s been a hard cut to 145lbs. I’m probably a natural 135lbs, it won’t be difficult me but I’d like to get the muscle back and still make 35’s.”
Regardless of which weight class his next fight takes place, the good news is that it won’t be long before Faber returns to the cage.
“I’m not 100% sure but it should be fairly soon,” he says.
Check out the full interview with Faber below.