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Newly retired UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber has been announced as the first inductee of the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during the broadcast of in which one of his former rivals, , was commentating. Faber will be part of the "Modern Era wing" and will be inducted during International Fight Week in Las Vegas on July 6.

“It’s nice to be recognized and it’s nice for folks to take time to acknowledge what I’ve done in the sport because I honestly haven’t had much time to do that myself,” said Faber/ “I went straight from retirement into business and mentoring and all the other projects I have. So this is a reminder to see that I’ve done some cool things and people are appreciative, so it is nice.”

Faber made his professional debut at Gladiator Challenge back in November 2003 and climbed the ranks through , and retired after a whopping 44 professional fights at UFC on Fox 22 in December 2016.

He hold wins over Jens Pulver, Brad Pickett and former UFC banamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

He is also known for creating the MMA gym which is home to the current bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.

In honor of Faber, UFC Fight Pass will be showing a collection of his fights for free.

Faber ended his career with a 34-10 record.


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