For now, Urijah Faber is happy sitting on the sidelines, training and taking part in non-MMA activities.
That doesn’t mean “The California Kid” is slowing down, he’s just thinking more and more about which fights make sense for him at this point.
T.J. Dillashaw, Faber’s Team Alpha Male teammate, currently holds the UFC bantamweight title. He is expected to face Dominick Cruz in 2015. Renan Barao, the former champ, has two prior victories over Faber, so that bout wouldn’t line up at the moment.
Raphael Assuncao is regarded as the next, next contender, but that isn’t a fight Faber sounds interested in, either.
“If Assuncao was a fight the UFC wanted, I wouldn’t say no to it,” said Faber, during a recent interview with MMAFighting.com. “I’ve never said no to any fight the UFC has asked of me. It’s not a fight I’d lobby for.
“Right now, I’m willing to wait and see what comes up.”
The 35-year-old former WEC champion was rumored for a bout with Masanori Kanehara in September from Japan, but he was never officially announced. Faber is coming off a July victory over Alex Caceres that kept him unbeaten in non-title fights, and improved his record to 5-1 in his last six.