Mike Roberts of MMA Incorporated is former WEC champion’s manger, his client Urijah Faber was dealing with multiple injuries going into Faber’s title bout with Renan Barao at UFC 169.
Below are some highlights of Roberts recently discussing faber:
Roberts on how Faber trained in three weeks’ notice he had leading up to the fight: “All he did for those three weeks was he sparred once and got hurt and hit mitts for the rest of the three weeks. That’s a great workout, but the only way you get your timing down is through sparring.”
Roberts on Faber’s injuries heading into the fight: “We took him in and got an MRI, and they said it was a bruised ligament in his knee, so he could barely walk…In the meantime, when he was doing mitts and running around, he tore his hamstring. (He) got an MRI, and there was a slight tear in his hamstring.”
Roberts on why Faber wouldn’t back out: “Urijah’s whole thing is about opportunity. You don’t pass up opportunity, because there’s no guarantee you’re ever going to get that call again.”
Roberts on what is next for Faber: “We’re not even thinking about it right now. He’s going to take a little time off, and maybe in a few weeks or months we’ll start thinking about it.”
Faber lost to Renan Barao last Saturday night at UFC 169, faber was rocked before the fight was stopped and it is truly unclear if he could have continued fighting. Faber’s next fight is still unknown at this time.