Urijah Faber is still recovering from rib injury and plans to return in early 2013

Urijah Faber has not been seen in the octagon since UFC 149 in late July and the bantamweight fighter is still recovering from a rib injury he suffered in the fight.

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He lost to Renan Barao by unanimous decision for the interim bantamweight title and broke one of his ribs during the first round of their five round five.

Faber (26-6) is still recovering from the injury and told TheMMAReport.com that he is still waiting for his rib to be healed.

“Waiting for my rib to heal,” Faber said.  I don’t know how many people know that my first round in my last fight that I broke one of my rib in half. It was kind of an uphill battle from there. I split the rib in half and it’s still healing.”

The former WEC champion believes that the injury will be healed in two weeks and he will start taking punches again.  He is targeting returning to the UFC in January or February of next year and does not have any preference on an opponent.

“I’m cool with whoever they want,” he said. “I’m out here to find out where I stack up in this world of mixed martial arts. I think the fight with Dominick Cruz, the last one was super close. I think a takedown or two was the difference in that fight and he holds the world title. Renan Barao was probably a couple of leg kicks that were the difference in that fight. I’m right there and I just want to figure out where I stack up and anyone they want to put against me, I’m ready to go.”

With most of the top bantamweight fighters already scheduled for fights, the list of opponents for Faber are slim at this time. If he can get a win in his next fight, he could then put himself in line for a rematch against the loser of the unification bout between Cruz and Barao.