The sun is about to set on “The California Kid’s” mixed martial arts career. Popular veteran Urijah Faber (pictured) has decided he will end his illustrious 13-year MMA career after his UFC on FOX 22 bout with Brad Pickett.
Faber made the announcement Monday on “The MMA Hour.” The 37-year-old will be calling it quits in front of his hometown of Sacramento.
“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” Faber said. “And it just feels right to do it in [Sacramento] in this new area. It just feels like the right time and the right place.”
Faber owns an impressive 33-10 professional record. He was the face of the WEC as the promotion’s featherweight champion before Jose Aldo came along to rule the throne.
Faber won 21 of his first 22 scraps en route to capturing the WEC title. While Faber remained a solid title contender after losing his belt in a shocking TKO defeat to Mike Brown in 2008, he never reclaimed the top spot at featherweight or later at bantamweight.
In fact, Faber went on to lose his last seven title tilts in the WEC and UFC.
While Faber will be stepping away from fighting, he won’t be far from the MMA scene. He owns the talented Team Alpha Male gym in Sacramento, which is overflowing with talent in the lighter-weight divisions.
UFC on FOX 22 goes down December 17 inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Here’s your swan song, Urijah:
Here is the show’s current lineup:
James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry
Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall
Paige VanZant vs. Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson