Specifically, "The California Kid" was gifted with a broken rib, after he was bludgeoned with a brutal knee to the midsection by "Barao."
Though the fight (and a future opponent) has not yet been confirmed, Faber told Ron Kruck (of AXS TV's "Inside MMA") that he is hopeful to make his return on a card that would fall within that time frame.
The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) strap holder has recently been dealt a bit of a setback with his rehabilitation, as he was told by physicians that he needed to take a break from training and have some X-rays taken.
Even so, he's optimistic and confident that he'll be able to make a February return.
"I was back in training, a couple of weeks ago, and I went to get cleared by the doctor, and they told me to stop training. So, I should go again on Monday to get the X-ray, again. I'm hoping I'll be cleared, 100 percent. I've been doing a lot of grappling. It feels fine. I can feel it a little bit there, but I'm feeling fine. I'm thinking February, early February, I'll have a fight, and I'm ready to go on that."
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