MMA veteran Urijah Faber may currently be retired from MMA, however the former top ranked bantamweight revealed recently that he will be competing once again, however it won’t be in MMA.
Faber dropped 2 straight fights in 2016, the first being a trilogy fight with Dominick Cruz at UFC 199, where he dropped a unanimous decision in the highly anticipated grudge match. He then dropped a 2nd loss via unanimous decision to Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203. Following the fight, Faber announced that he would be fighting once more in his retirement fight. Faber then fought in his hometown of Sacramento on the main card of ‘UFC Fight Night: Sacramento’, where he picked up a unanimous decision win over Brad Pickett.
Now, on a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Faber revealed that he would be competing once again, only this time under the Submission UnderGround banner:
“I’m actually doing Submission Grappling match for Chael Sonnen’s organization here on May 14th on my birthday against Miyao brothers, one of the Miyao brothers – he’s like a five, six-time world champ – so I’m still in training daily.”
“I’m excited. You know, Chad Mendes, he had a match not too long ago with a good friend of mine, Jeff Glover and you know, both world class grapplers in their own right, and I got to watch that and it was a pretty exciting ordeal. So I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu and competing as a grappler for twenty-something odd years between wrestling to Jiu Jitsu to both, so I’m no stranger to it. It’s kind of the same gig (as MMA), you know, it’s a different set of rules but two guys going at it that are highly trained.”
With Faber now set to compete on May 14th, it will be interesting to see how the elite level fighter’s skills transition to competitive grappling.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/23/2017.