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Monday, 02/03/2014, 08:47 am

Urijah Faber Suffered Injury Prior to his Bout at UFC 169, Tore Hamstring During Training Camp

Urijah Faber lost a controversial championship bout against UFC Bantamweight Renan Barao last Saturday at UFC 169. Faber later on admitted he suffered an injury only eight-days into his training camp.

MMAWeekly’s Erik Fontanez transcribed the following from the UFC 169 Post Fight Press Conference: “Eight days into this camp I tore my hamstring [and] bruised my patella tendon,” Faber stated.

Despite losing in controversial fashion, Urijah Faber remained a class-act and tried his hardest to not pass the blame on Herb Dean. Faber’s classiness continued in the post fight press conference when he admitted the hamstring was not a problem when fight-night rolled around, stating the injury was not the reason he lost.

“It was just a minor tear of my hamstring and a deep bruise of my patella tendon,” Faber said. “I was doing mitt work like twice a day. I wasn’t able to spar. I only sparred once for this camp, but honestly today I felt great coming into the fight. I was worried about that coming in, but things just healed in time.”

How many fights does Urijah Faber need to get another shot at the title? Do you think it is time for Faber to jump divisions? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

By Jon Kirschner | Twitter: MMAKirschner


0 Responses to “Urijah Faber Suffered Injury Prior to his Bout at UFC 169, Tore Hamstring During Training Camp”

  1. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Seemed to be just fine out the gate, but he did slow down rather quickly. I honestly wouldn’t mind a rematch even though I think Barao would still beat him.

  2. Glenn says:

    He needs to have at least 4 or 5 fights before he deserves a rematch. Give other people a chance. He hasn’t won a match where the title is on the line since 2008. That’s 0-6. No one gets that many title shots. But he’s a big draw and he can beat everyone else in the division so he’ll get a title shot pretty quickly. Unfortunately for faber he’s fighting the same time as barao and Aldo and there’s no way he makes 125. Maybe when barao goes up to FW he’ll be champ again.

    • JJErler says:

      The other reason he’ll get a title shot quickly is that there are very few big contenders coming up… even if you think faber should get 4 or 5 fights before a rematch, which worthy contenders is Barao going to fight during that time? Also who is Faber going to fight? There are not 4 or 5 top quality contenders out there in the division right now that haven’t been beaten by both of these guys. The only people for both of them to fight for those 4 or 5 fights are lesser contenders who they’ll both beat and it won’t prove Faber is more ready for Barao than before. And Faber can’t fight the title contenders, because then they risk Faber eliminating the people who would fight Barao… so Faber can’t even fight contenders in that time, just up and comers in the bottom half of the top 10 or lower… won’t really prove he’s more ready for the rematch than his last 4 matches (against better opponents) did. Faber is in a rough spot no matter which was things go. It’s too bad he can’t cut down to the next division down :)

  3. Xaninho says:

    Barao is the virtually unbeatable king of the division. Faber is the best of the rest.

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