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Urijah Faber Says He’s Not Sure Who His Next Opponent Will Be

February 26, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Urijah Faber recently spoke about his next potential opponent and more. Check out the highlights:

On the state of the 135 pound division: “It’s kind of a shame there aren’t some bigger names in the division right now. Who are the big names at 135 right now? It’s probably me and Ronda Rousey, and Dominick Cruz is out on injury. Those are the most notable fighters at the lighter weights right now, as far as popularity goes.”

On who he might face: “I don’t care (who I fight), to be honest. This is the fight game, where you want to fight big names and have big fights. It’s kind of disheartening to know that those (big names) aren’t really out there for me. But what can you do? …I’m not really a guy that’s ever turned down a fight. I’ve fought everybody they’ve put in front of me. I just roll with the punches and fight whoever. These guys know what they’re doing.”

On his win over Menjivar: “I was going for the finish in that fight, and the submission was what I predicted because Menjivar’s not afraid to go to the ground. He’s not afraid to grapple or go anywhere in a fight. That plays to my advantage. The last fight against Barao, he did a really good job of slowing the fight down and making sure there were no scrambles and stuff like that. But I know Menjivar was open to playing everywhere, so I knew I’d probably submit him. I’ve finished guys that aren’t usually finishable.”

On Team Alpha Male’s ground game not being taken seriously enough: “I think people do take us seriously when it comes to that, but the problem is we’re good at the whole MMA game. Joseph (Benavidez), in particular – his kickboxing ‘s awesome. I’ve got good hands, and a lot of my submissions have come at the end of a big punch or knee. We’re mixed martial artists, and you don’t always have a choice. We know in our room how good we are because we know our team and then we go to other guys’ gyms and stuff like that. There’s a false sense of security out there sometimes, I think.”

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