UFC on Fox 9's Urijah Faber wants to wait for title shot against Cruz vs. Barao winner at UFC 169

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a big win on Saturday, The California Kid is happy to wait for his title shot following the Bantamweight unification bout coming up on Super Bowl weekend.

Few fighters in the UFC can boast achieving a year like Bantamweight Urijah Faber has had in 2013. He's gone 4-0 this year, all against top competition. Most recently he submitted fellow former-contender Michael McDonald on Saturday in an impressive one-sided performance.

Despite having already suffered decision losses to standing champion Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao, Faber's 2013 run has people once again recommending him for title contention. For Faber's part, he's happy to wait and fight the winner of the UFC 169 unification bout (via MMA Junkie):

"I’d like to take some time off and see what happens with these two guys," Faber on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. "I like Barao (to win the fight), but I want to beat up Cruz. So it’s a mix there. It didn’t happen (with Cruz and I) after ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ It cost us both a lot of money."

While UFC president Dana White did declare Urijah as the "Vitor Belfort" of the Bantamweight division, he's not been officially announced as the next contender.

Heading into UFC 169, it will be well over 2 years since Cruz has stepped into the Octagon. Prior to the repeated knee surgeries that kept him sidelined, he defended his 135 lb. title twice for the UFC. Barao won the interim title at UFC 149 against Faber and has defended it twice since then.

UFC 169 will go down Super Bowl weekend on February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. In the co-main event Jose Aldo will look to defend his Featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas.

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