Faber: I'm just a smidgeon off
"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."