Urijah Faber Remains in USADA Testing Pool, Would Consider Return for ‘Big Opportunity’

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 12, 2018

Don’t rule out a Urijah Faber comeback in the Ultimate Fighting Championship just yet.

The UFC Hall of Famer recently told Submission Radio that he is still in the USADA drug testing pool and would be able to return to the Octagon in short order if the right opportunity arose.

“Look, I spent a lot of time getting really great at fighting and I’m able-bodied and healthy. I train just as much or more than some of the guys that are active but it’s not my goal, necessarily,” Faber said. “It’s just the habits that I’ve created in my life.

“I would say I’m always open to entertain any business opportunity or offer, and I love to do things that I love to do, so I’m not gonna cut anything out. I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that.”

According to the USADA website, the Team Alpha Male founder was tested three times in 2017. He has not been tested so far in 2018. Since he remains in the USADA pool, “The California Kid” would not have to go through the four-month testing period normally required for retired fighters.

For Faber, the decision is a no-brainer.

“It’s well worth it,” he said. “The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

Faber called it a career following a decision victory over Brad Pickett at UFC on Fox 22 on Dec. 17, 2016. The former World Extreme Cagefighting Championship featherweight titlist was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during International Fight Week last summer.


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