Urijah Faber Understands The Reasons for Cejudo's Shtick, Believes He Matches Up Well

By Nathan Zur Sep 16, 2019


Urijah Faber and Henry Cejudo continue to trade barbs after “Triple C” called out the veteran earlier this year, and Faber believes his abilities and experience make him a great matchup against the Olympic gold medalist.

The 40-year-old Faber returned to the Octagon in July at UFC Sacramento against up-and-comer Simon, finishing him in just 46 seconds, and in his post-fight speech accepted the callout of Cejudo, who had also mentioned former bantamweight champions Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt as potential match ups in the division.

Faber was part of a Q&A at Rogers Arena on Friday ahead of UFC Vancouver and gave his thoughts on a potential match up against the “King of Cringe” (via MMAFighting.com).

Henry Cejudo’s got the world strap, a couple of them, and an Olympic gold medal, which I actually never set my goals on as a young wrestler. I probably should have,” Faber said. “But that’s enticing, to snatch up a couple of belts and a gold medal and silence the cringe, would be a great step in the right direction for me and I think it’s a great matchup.”

“He’s naturally a ‘25-pounder, I’m a big ‘35-pounder. He’s got the wrestling pedigree, I’ve got better jiu-jitsu. He breaks guys and I don’t break, so I think that’s a good matchup.”

Faber said he respects Cejudo for his cringe shtick and credited the dual-division champion for getting the fans interested in him and the 125-pound division:

“I’ve known Henry for a long time. I think it’s kind of smart what he’s doing actually,” Faber said. “Henry is trying to do something that’s important to me, which is re-establish the 125-pound weight class. I don’t think it was fair for him to put blame on (former UFC flyweight champion) Demetrious (Johnson), one of the best champions of all-time for not holding it down, but he’s getting a bunch of people to talk about him.

“Right after my fight, my comeback fight, I mentioned his name. He’s got Dominick Cruz, one of the best fighters in the history of the division, of all-time, speaking about him. He’s got the girls speaking about him for all the wrong reasons, which we knew that was gonna happen. He’s trying to get some clout, get some recognition, and he’s going to get himself beat up most likely. He called me out, one week later I answered the call, and then he starts calling out girls and looking at birds and everything else, so if he wants it, he can get it.”

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