The jaw-dropping finish couldn’t have come at a better time considering Faber just heard his name called by reigning UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo after he claimed the title with a win over Marlon Moraes in June.
Faber was always one of the biggest names in the bantamweight division when he was active prior to his retirement and now considering the way he returned, it’s entirely possible he gets the attention of the UFC matchmakers for a potential title shot.
To add a little fuel to the fire, Faber added that he actually likes the way he matches up with Cejudo if they ever got the chance to meet inside the Octagon.
“Very good I would think,” Faber said about his chances to fight Cejudo on the UFC post fight show. “Honestly, 2016 I left as a top contender. I was ranked No. 2 when I lost to Jimmie [Rivera], and he was just kicking my ankle a little bit. In retrospect, I came out on a win but I left a championship fighter. It’s about matchups. Dominick Cruz is a tough matchup, you guys know how awkward he is and he’s gotten better over time in my opinion.
“Henry broke or I would say out conditioned and kind of broke his last fight, [Marlon] Moraes, and I’m not the type of guy that will ever break. My jiu-jitsu is definitely better than Henry and he’s got that wrestling background and I love to wrestle. I think it’s a good matchup.”
Cejudo is currently recovering from shoulder surgery so it’s tough to tell who he’ll face next when he returns but Faber immediately put himself in that conversation with his knockout win this weekend.
One other name that came up to Faber was former teammate T.J. Dillashaw, who is currently serving a two-year suspension after he tested positive for EPO following his loss to Cejudo at flyweight earlier this year.
His name came up in reference to an unfounded rumor that Faber returned in part because Dillashaw would be absent from the division.
“The California Kid” quickly shot that down while pointing out he first started hinting at a comeback while Dillashaw was still competing and he’d be crazy not to think about that as a potential showdown for the future.
The only problem is Dillashaw is out until 2021 and Faber isn’t going to sit around and wait for him to return.
“There’s more opportunity with T.J. in the mix to be honest. You want to write a movie? Put that scenario in there,” Faber said.
“I’ve been talking about this long before they finally caught T.J. for being a little cheat. We knew that was coming. By the time T.J. returns from suspension, recovering from all this stuff, I’ll be 41 and a half so we’ll see how it goes. I’m not scared to fight, that’s for sure.”