Could we see Uriah Faber to make UFC return?
Retired Hall of Famer Uriah Faber has stated that he’s still the USADA testing pool – could this mean a return for the California kid?
A true legend in the sport, Uriah Faber bid farewell to fans in his retirement fight against Brad Pickett back in December of 2016. However, it has recently come to light that he might just have plans to return to the cage.
Many suspected that Faber might make a return in the near future, and after he spoke with submissionradio.com it has become apparent that this may be a very real possibility.
“Look, I spent a lot of time getting great at fighting and I’m able-bodied and healthy,” Faber said. He did, however, state that as much he trains “just as much or more than some of the guys [in his gym] that are active” it is not necessarily his intention to come back, although he would be open to entertaining any potential offers proposed to him.
He went on to say:
“It’s well worth it [staying in the USADA testing pool]. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not taking drugs anyway.”
It is well known that the Team Alpha Male head coach has had an intense feud with his former pupil and now bantamweight champ, TJ Dillashaw. A fight between the two would likely be one of the biggest fights of the year and would continue a saga that began with #1 contender and former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt – the man who Dillashaw took the title from.
It’s certainly not the first time that we’ve seen a retired fighter make a comeback – only recently the UFC pioneer and legend BJ Penn made his return to the octagon after a substantial layoff. Penn’s layoff lasted 18 months – similar to Faber’s layoff lasting 14 months. Whilst Penn was unsuccessful in his return, he was certainly far further from his prime than Faber was when he retired.
Could we see Faber make a return against Dillashaw? And if so, how competitive would it really be considering the age difference and level of activity between the two? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.