UFC's Urijah Faber 'just here to fight'

Urijah Faber (right) connects with a punch to the face of Renan Barao during UFC 149 in Calgary...

Urijah Faber (right) connects with a punch to the face of Renan Barao during UFC 149 in Calgary Saturday, July 21, 2012. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:19 PM ET

Urijah (The California Kid) Faber doesn’t need to fight for a title to find mixed martial arts rewarding.

It goes without saying that the Team Alpha Male fighter is caught in an awkward spot at the moment. Not only is he arguably the most recognizable UFC bantamweight, he’s the top fighter in the division to not possess a title belt.

Faber’s only losses at 135 pounds are to bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and interim titleholder Renan (Barao) Pegado. With Cruz expected to return from back-to-back ACL surgeries early next year and Pegado slated to face Eddie Wineland next month, Faber has essentially become his weight class’ contender killer. His last two outings saw him submit top bantamweights Ivan Menjivar and Scott Jorgensen.

Though he still aims to capture a UFC title, Faber said he’s simply fuelled by competition. As long as there are tough opponents out there, he’s happy to keep sending them back down the ladder.


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