Urijah Faber says he is ‘very serious’ about returning and has been offered fights

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“The California Kid” Urijah Faber could very well return from retirement at UFC Sacramento this July. The 40-year-old last fought back in December 2016, when he beat Brad Pickett and then announced his retirement from the sport.

Given Sacramento is where Faber’s gym, Team Alpha Male is based, it only makes sense that he wants to return on that card. According to Faber, he is quite serious about returning and has been offered fights already.

“It’s very serious,” Urijah Faber said on The MMA Hour. “No one really gets to see the behind-the-scenes of what goes on when events are being put together or anything like that and throughout my time being retired I’ve been offered fights on a couple of different occasions and learned my lesson if I’m starting to get tempted or thinking about it just to get myself in good shape. I’ve always stayed in the gym obviously being with the team and helping to mentor the guys. Training all year round, so probably over the last six months given it a little more consideration after being offered a couple of short-notice fights and I’m like, ‘Man, that’s kind of tempting.’

Urijah Faber has already been offered fights

“The reason I retired in the first place is just because I wanted to. I felt like it, feeling like, ‘If I’m thinking about it, it may be the time.’ The same reason why I’m thinking about coming back out and taking a fight,” he said. “it sounds like fun, a little F.O.M.O., I know at my age I do really well against the guys still and if I’m gonna do it, you don’t want to wait longer. I just turned 40, which is crazy, I kind of teased that once I did turn 40 I’d like to challenge myself, kind of lifehack and do some fights, I got the new baby. Some names have been thrown out there for opponents and it’s real possible.”

Ultimately, the Hall of Famer says he will have a decision ‘really soon’ with regard to whether or not he will return to the Octagon.

Do you think Urijah Faber will return at UFC Sacramento? Who would you like to see him fight?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/22/2019.