Faber: I'm just a smidgeon off

source: mmafighting.com

"I'm right there with the top guys," proclaimed Faber. "Renan Barao is on a [30-fight] win streak. I don't feel like I wasn't beat up in the fight, I feel like I just lost. I didn't do enough to win. I landed some good punches, I was elusive in the fight. I just fought Dominick Cruz, I thought won that fight, I knocked him down three times, didn't really take too much damage there also. It's not like I'm getting severely outclassed here by any of these guys. I'm just a smidgen off and I've got some things to work on."

The thing is, Faber isn't exactly wrong. His critics may have gotten louder with each failed title shot, but he still keeps getting them, and you'd be hard-pressed to say any other guy in the division deserved it more. So, the way Faber sees it, go ahead and let his haters talk about slowing down. It just adds more fuel to the fire.

"The bottom line is, in the last nine years, I've been fighting guys at the top-5 of the weight class, at whatever the given time is," the longtime WEC star concluded.

"I don't think that needs to change. Would I like get some fight of the night bonuses? ... Could I get some bonuses on big fights against [lower ranked guys]? Sure, some entry level guys. But I'm right there at the top, man.

"I'm right there in the running. If you can line up some guys that are going to beat me up and put me out the running, then let's do that. But until then I'm just going to keep training and stay positive."

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7/24/12 3:58 PM by radiobaby

was there even a game plan? I feel like his team comes in with very nonspecific ideas like "I'm going to use my wrestling". Seems like he and the other alpha males guys are athletic and talented enough to beat most of the other competition besides the top guys. Fighting guys that are as good and as athletic, a gameplan actually matters. They clearly don't have 'greg jackson' type master strategist guy at their camp. And no offense to Dillishaw, but he just didn't seem great in the corner. Not to mention he didnt communicate with Urijah that he needed to go for broke and was way behind. He lost the last round like he lost the fist, when that happens that is a failure in coaching imo.

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7/24/12 12:31 PM by WatchinMMA

Good point man. I always thought the cage size played a role in the pride crossovers too. Wand and Cro cop could not corner people as easily. Still it looked like Faber closed the distance a few times but barao didn't even budge

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7/24/12 11:21 AM by ranier wolfcastle

i agree with faber

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7/24/12 11:01 AM by Synado

Faber impressed me against Bowles. His gameplan against Barao was terrible.

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7/24/12 10:55 AM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 Well there is the flaw in your argument.... Wineland is a stud, and had he beaten Faber he would have been in the title hunt. He took Faber to a close fight to boot, just got outpointed in the wrassling department really.  

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7/24/12 10:55 AM by LeftLowKick

this... he's got great coaches, but when you've been with coaches for that long, you eventually learn everything you can from them. it's time to switch up the coaching and training partners during a fight camp

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7/24/12 10:55 AM by UGCTT_LnPninja

Also a very valid point. VTFU  

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7/24/12 10:55 AM by smoogy

 I generally agree with this. Felt like Barao and Faber (but especially Faber) were just trying to spar at 80 percent and save it for the Cruz fight.

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7/24/12 10:48 AM by StratTone

In my opinion Faber (and other ex WEC fighters) is not able to utilize his close quarters fighter and take downs in the UFC because of the size of the cage. It is my belief that the smaller fighters (wrestlers anyway) were able to use the cage to corner fighters much better. Now that they are on the UFC and the cage is much larger they have to set up take downs better and the defensive fighter has a much larger area to evade and cut corners.

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7/24/12 10:32 AM by Kneeblock

 Faber is right there, but he's a fighter who's always relied on his speed and he's obviously slowing down. He's in the mix, but needs to add a few more tools or figure out how to fight in a way to compensate for his decreasing attributes.