MANILA – Mixed martial arts (MMA) Urijah Faber said he would like to have another shot at the UFC bantamweight title following the abrupt ending of his match against title holder Renan Barao in UFC 169 last February.
Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 3:42 into the first round when he saw Faber on the ground while being attacked by Barao. But Faber maintains he was actually defending himself well and was signaling a "thumbs up" to the referee when the fight official moved in to stop the bout.
“They stopped the fight, in my opinion, too early. So I'd like to get back in there and have another fight with him for the world championship,” Faber said in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
Barao also won their first meeting in 2012 where he hammered out a unanimous decision against Faber.
The “California Kid” is currently in the Philippines for a 10-day tour to hold MMA seminars and meet his fans. His visit was made possible by Tag Team Sport Management and ABS-CBN’s Balls Channel.
Faber said he would also like to have a rematch with former UFC champion Dominick Cruz.
“I would like to fight maybe Dominic Cruz if he gets healthy,” he said.
Cruz was forced to vacate the UFC bantamweight championship last January after suffering a groin injury while training.
This prompted the UFC to elevate Barao's status from interim champion to undisputed UFC bantamweight champion.