Urijah Faber has insisted he could be tempted to return to the UFC if he was antagonized enough by an opponent ahead of his proposed retirement from the octagon.
A 13-year career in MMA is set to come to an end for the American as he announced that his fight against Brad Pickett at FOX UFC Fight Night in Sacramento on December 17 would be his last.
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However, the 37-year-old has left the door open for any future grudge matches should someone piss him off enough to incite a return to the cage.
‘I’d never put extreme limits on myself. I would never say, ‘this is it, this is it,” Faber
Title challenger: 3x Bantamweight
Titles: WEC Featherweight Championship, KOTC Bantamweight Championship, GC Bantamweight Championship
‘I mean, somebody might really piss me off and there might be a golden opportunity. You never know.
He added: ‘But my mentality right now is I’m gonna have this fight.
‘I’m gonna go out with a bang and make it a meaningful and heartfelt one.’
Faber is a multi-time title challenger, but will end his time in the UFC without having ever won the bantamweight belt.
The December clash will be Faber’s 44th in his career and he explained he had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to bring down the curtain on his time in the cage.
‘I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,’ Faber told MMAFighting.
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‘And it just feels right to do it in (Sacramento) in this new arena.
‘It just feels like the right time and the right place.
‘I’ve been waiting for this new arena to be built, I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event and I can’t wait to do it in front of the people I love.’