Urijah Faber was denied a chance to become a UFC champion earlier this year when he was defeated by Renan Barao. The bout was for the interim UFC bantamweight title, and Barao scored a decision.
Faber, a former champion in the now-defunct WEC, plans to remain in the bantamweight division going forward. He is also hoping to return to action before the year ends, according to his manager, Mike Roberts.
“He’d like to compete one more time (this year) and earn his way back to the top,” said Roberts, in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.
Faber was denied an opportunity to face Dominick Cruz for a third time after Cruz was injured. That created the interim title, and placed Barao in the match. Roberts feels like there is still interest in a Faber-Cruz encounter.
“They’re a ways away from putting that fight together,” Roberts said, “but Urijah’s going to do his best to get right back to the top.”