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Urijah Faber needs to 'assess' things after getting 'outclassed' by Dominick Cruz

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- After losing to Dominick Cruz on Saturday night, Urijah Faber sounds like a man who understands his title contending days are probably over.

Faber lost a unanimous decision to the bantamweight champ on the co-main event of UFC 199 at the Forum on Saturday on a pair of 50-45s and a 49-46. That put the 37-year old former WEC featherweight champ at 0-4 in UFC title fights.

But that also doesn't mean Faber's ready to call it quits, either.

"I didn't think fatigue was an issue, but I got caught a couple times and got outclassed in the fight," Faber said at the post-fight press conference. "I don't like that. I'm fighting a great fighter, but for me to get outclassed, I gotta assess things."

One thing that's keeping Faber motivated even as he tries to shake of the sting of his loss to Cruz: The chance to fight in Sacramento's new arena. The Golden 1 Center, which will be home to the NBA's Sacramento Kings. It will open in the fall, and it's a lock the UFC will hold a show there eventually.

Faber drew large crowds at the old Sleep Train Arena dating back to his WEC days and wants to be a part of the new building.

"I'm not going to rush into any decisions," he said. "I know we've got the new arena coming up in Sacramento, that's something I'm aware of, you know, that's kind of a a dream come true to be in there. That's something to think about as well."

In the meantime, the popular veteran will go back to the drawing board.

"I love this sport, I love what I do, I love fighting and combat and I love to train hard," Faber said. "But I want to be at my best."

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