Monday, February 12, 2018

UFC Hall of Famer, Team Alpha Male founder, and three-time bantamweight title challenger Urijah Faber retired in December of 2016. However, ‘The California Kid’ spoke recently with Submission Radio, and said he remained in the USADA testing pool, so could return at any point if he wanted to. And he might want to.

“I spent a lot of time getting really great at fighting and I’m able-bodied and healthy,” said Faber, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I train just as much or more than some of the guys that are active but it’s not my goal [to come back], necessarily. It’s just the habits that I’ve created in my life. I would say I’m always open to entertain any business opportunity or offer, and I love to do things that I love to do, so I’m not gonna cut anything out. I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that.

“It’s well worth it. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

“I don’t see any big opportunities but you never know with these guys. Like I said, I’ve gotten some crazy calls throughout the years. . . You never know when that kind of stuff happens.”

The obvious return fight would be vs. former Team Alpha Male fighter T.J. Dillashaw, who left the team on remarkably bad terms. However, Faber says TAM’s Cody Garbrandt gets first dibs, and Dillashaw recently turned down a short-notice rematch vs. Garbrandt citing among other things the birth of his first child. So that one won’t happen anytime soon.