Urijah Faber’s Manager Claims Faber was Injured Going Into UFC 169 Main Event
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.06.2014
He suggests Faber was not able to prepare well enough for the bout…
According to Urijah Faber's manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Incorporated, his client Urijah Faber was dealing with multiple injuries going into Faber's title bout with Renan Barao at UFC 169. He believes Faber's loss was a result of not being able to train and spar due to the short notice and multiple injuries. 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."