Faber faced Edgar at UFC Fight Night 66 on May 16th, and dropped a unanimous decision loss to the former lightweight champ. The fight marked the first time Faber had competed at 145 since he joined the UFC, and largely came together because he didn’t have any viable, short term scrap at 135. It also presented the UFC a nice, all-star option to headline its first event in the Philippines.
Well, leading up to the bout, everyone understood that if Faber defeated the #2 ranked Edgar, “The California Kid” would be right there, in terms of a title shot. Since that didn’t happen, however, it remains to be seen what the UFC has planned for Faber.
The former WEC champ recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing his future, Faber relayed (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I know I’m right there with the top level at both weight classes, so it just gives me options,” Faber said. “There are a few guys in the world who are able to compete in multiple weight classes at the highest level. Some guys will never be able to hold a match to the top three their entire career.”
There’s no question that Faber is extremely unique, in terms of his ability to fight top tier competition in two different weight classes. But, the question is, will the UFC come to him with an offer at 145 that interests him? Or, will he look at fighting another top 135’er, and stay within reach of a title shot there? Where, of course, currently his buddy TJ Dillashaw is champ?
Faber was also asked to comment on his loss to Edgar, which featured plenty of action, but not the heated, violent exchanges many fans believed would transpire.
“It was interesting,” Faber said. “Kind of anticlimactic for me. Because of the matchup it was like hard for openings to come to fruition. We had a lot of exchanges and kind of like a high-speed chess match they call it. I would have liked to do more damage and it seems like a little more damage was done to me…”
With the win, Edgar recorded his fourth straight victory, and it’s expected he will be tapped to face the winner of Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor on July 11th.