Following a fourth unsuccessful bid at becoming a champion in the UFC, Urijah Faber admitted that he might be looking at the next stage of his career.
Faber dropped a decision to Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight title in the co-main event of UFC 199.
“I can’t say right now, but I will I have to give it some thought,” Faber said. “It’s been a passion for me being on top and I’m not on top.
“I have to think about (retirement). I’m going to enjoy my time off and come back with that I’m going to do next.”
A former WEC champion, Faber has now been bested twice by Cruz and two other times by Renan Barao for UFC gold.
“It’s been 13 years of fighting and to be here in California, it’s amazing,” he said.
Despite the hatred between Faber and Cruz leading up to the fight – and for the past several years – “The California Kid” admitted respect for “The Dominator.”
“Props to Cruz, he caught me in the second and had a perfect fight,” Faber said. “I can’t say anything. He bested me.”