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Urijah Faber Laughs Off Pre-UFC 157 Release Talk

Former WEC kingpin Urijah Faber has yet to secure a title in the UFC, dropping a pair of razor-close decisions to Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao. So, with the recent talk of 100 fighters needing to be cut from the UFC’s active roster, as Faber in danger of being released with a loss Saturday night to Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche?

We will never know, as “The California Kid” locked in a choke while mounted on the back of Menjivar, improving to 6-0 in his last six non-title fights.

But, did the thought of being cut cross the mind of Faber? He informed the post-fight show on FUEL TV of his feelings.

“No, not at all,” Faber said. “I know how the media is. It was a big discussion about how anybody is at bat. I knew I wasn’t going to lose the fight.”

Faber added that he hopes to receive a third chance at becoming a UFC champion in the near future, saying, “That’s why I’m here. That’s why I compete in this sport and why I train every day for 10 years in MMA and 20 something years in wrestling. I want the title shot.”

Cruz is expected to return to action later this year following a second knee surgery, and should pair up with Barao to crown an undisputed champion at bantamweight.