Urijah Faber Suffers Broken Rib Against Renan Barao; Undecided On Future Plans
Faber confirmed the injury via a post on his official Facebook account Sunday.
"Congrats to Renan Barao. He's a tough dude," wrote the former UFC bantamweight title contender. "Broke my rib in the first with a great knee. Not sure where I will be going from here. Time to reassess the situation and decided what I do from here."
Faber came up short to Barao on the judges' scorecards Saturday night by a unanimous sweep of 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45. With the win, Barao became the UFC bantamweight interim champion while division titleholder Dominick Cruz sits on the sidelines recovering from an ACL surgery. Whether the Brazilian waits for Cruz's return is yet to be seen, however, UFC President Dana White expressed interest in having Barao defend his crown in the meantime.
A former WEC featherweight champion, Faber has gone 2-2 since joining the UFC last year. After a successful Octagon debut against Eddie Wineland, "The California Kid" would later lose a five-round bantamweight title fight to reigning champ Cruz at last summer's UFC 132. A November submission win over ex-WEC titleholder Brian Bowles once again put Faber in title contention, coming up short to Barao in his fifth career title shot.
(Pictured: X-Ray of Faber's broken rib following a loss to Renan Barao on Saturday)