Urijah Faber discusses appeal of fight with ‘incredible’ Henry Cejudo

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Shortly after Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes to claim the UFC bantamweight title, he set his sights on three of the division’s best established stars: Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber.

Faber, who will emerge from retirement to battle Ricky Simon at UFC Sacramento, is all for this matchup with Cejudo, should the UFC choose to book it.

The former WEC featherweight champion opened up on the possibility on a recent episode of the Jim Rome podcast. 

“First off, I’ve been a huge fan of Henry,” Urijah Faber explained (transcript via MMA Fighting). “They call him ‘The Cringe’ because of the goofy stuff he does but you can’t deny that he’s got a mindset that is champion to the utmost. Gold medal as young as he did in the Olympics and then becoming a two-time champion, two different weight classes, two of the toughest weight classes – incredible. And you saw that champion mindset takeover. Moraes is a guy that is a champion as well so to see him getting outclassed in the first round and hit a mental switch to turn around and break a guy like Moraes speaks volumes.

“Things come up to matchups. I’ve never been broken in a fight. He’s a wrestler first that has really good standup as he’s shown of late, and an iron jaw and a great mindset but a matchup with him and Cody is super exciting. I would love to do a matchup. There’s nothing in the world that excites me more than fighting someone that could possible be the best of all time in combat sports. How exciting is that for somebody who has got their own goal to do that?

“Then Dominick Cruz, you can never count that guy out,” Faber concluded. He’s a champion of champions as well. So I liked his callouts and I would love to see a fight with myself or Cody, or Dominick Cruz for Henry.”

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/13/2019.