Urijah Faber unsure over future after crumbling at UFC 199

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Michael Bisping will undoubtedly take all the headlines from UFC 199 following an impressive first-round knockout of Luke Rockhold to become the UFC's first British champion, and it's unlikely you will hear any complaints from fallen bantamweight challenger Urijah Faber.

Faber was defeated by arch rival Dominick Cruz in the co-main event at UFC 199 and would almost certainly like to try and put the fight out of his mind as quickly as possible having now lost twice in a row to the current Bantamweight champion. 

Despite a well-documented rivalry between the two fighters that has spanned almost the entire 10-year UFC career of Michael Bisping, it was the Briton that demanded the attention of the media during the post-fight press conference, according to MMA mania as the new Middleweight champion fired insults in the direction of Rockhold on multiple occasions.


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In stark contrast, Faber was very subdued and even managed to complement his nemesis on occasion admitting he was "outclassed" over the five rounds. Neither man has been afraid to engage in a word of words during the course of their bitter rivalry but it seems now the Californian is ready to bury the hatchet and move on. 

Speaking on his future in the sport with Yahoo! Sports, Faber said: "I can’t really say I'm going to end this journey yet, but I'm going to enjoy my time off and figure out what to do then." At 37-years old no one will blame the 13-year UFC veteran from considering retirement as he nears the end of a largely successful career.

Despite feeling good in training and getting into great shape for the fight, Faber will be searching for answers as to why he was largely dominated throughout the five rounds and his age will no doubt be considered a major factor.

After Faber took their initial meeting via submission in 2007, Cruz won the second bout between the pair in 2011 by unanimous decision. However, the fight was much closer than their last, with many arguing that equally Faber could have been deemed victorious by the judges. Unfortunately, Cruz suffered various injuries after the fight in 2011 which put a stop to a potential rematch over the next few years. 

During this time, Faber was unable to claim the Bantamweight title for himself and it was left to his Team Alpha Male protégé T.J Dillashaw to step up and become Bantamweight champion by defeating Renan Barão at UFC 173 in May 2104. Cruz returned from injury to defeat Dillashaw earlier this year setting up a rematch with Faber a full five years after their epic bout at UFC 132.

Having never managed to emerge victorious in a title fight at 135 pounds it is very unlikely Faber will be given another shot at becoming a UFC champion. However, he has not ruled out a potential return to the cage at 145 pounds and has even voiced his desire to compete in the new area being built in Sacramento, California just down the road from his hometown. 

Although Faber's defeat to Cruz would have been a bitter pill to swallow hopefully UFC fans will have another opportunity to watch the former WEC Featherweight Champion enter the cage again before he retires.

Watch the UFC 199 Post Fight Press Conference on YouTube.   

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