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Steve Cofield

Hometown paper calls for Faber to retire

Steve Cofield
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Is this some sort of hokey effort to get lots of hatemail or is a writer from the Sacramento Bee actually serious in calling for Urijah Faber to retire? Faber, a former WEC featherweight champ, turns 31 in mid-May. Because of a flawed gameplan, he took a vicious beating via leg kicks at the hands of current champ Jose Aldo Jr. It's the fight game, you lose sometimes and then you go back to the drawing board. In Faber's hometown of Sacramento someone is in freak out mode. Victor Contreras didn't like what he saw on Saturday night at Arco Arena:

Retire. Retire now, not after another loss in which you're cheered entering the octagon and booed leaving it.

Faber couldn't beat Aldo on Saturday night or any other day of the week. No shame in that. Aldo is a young, powerful kid. He didn't even use most of his aggressive arsenal against a foe he truly respected.

Some fighters never recover from a nasty loss but most regroup and go on to win some more and lose more. No one goes undefeated the entire way. I'd love to see Faber get another crack at Aldo down the road. In the meantime, he can go back to proving that there's a huge gap between No. 2 at 145 pounds and the rest of the field or we'll see if the young guns have caught up. Or he can drop down to bantamweight. Maybe he's the best 135-pounder in the world.

Faber (23-4, 8-3 WEC) has a bright future in front of him. Frankly, he'd be stupid to leave the sport now and not cash in on all of his hard work during his 20's. He should do so as long as he is competitive in the cage. A loss to Aldo is nothing to be ashamed of.

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