After a 13-year career, Urijah Faber is ready to step away from MMA.
On Monday, Faber announced on The MMA Hour that his bantamweight fight with Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22 this coming December 17 will be the last fight of his career.
"I've been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight," Faber told Ariel Helwani. "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. I've been waiting for this new arena to be built. I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event, and I can't wait to do it in front of the people I love."
Faber's retirement fight will be in his hometown of Sacramento. He is widely considered to be the face of MMA in Sacramento where he's built a successful fighting career and one of the best MMA camps in the game, Team Aplha Male.
Faber is 37 years old with a professional record of 33-10. "The California Kid" was the best featherweight on the planet at one point, having held the WEC featherweight title before there was a featherweight division in the UFC. He's also been considered the face of the lighter weight classes for many years.
Despite never winning a UFC belt, Faber challenged for the bantamweight strap a combined total of four times, and throughout his entire UFC career, he's impressively remained a top contender in the bantamweight division where defeated some of the division's best fighters.
Faber holds notable wins over Dominick Cruz, Michael McDonald, Brian Bowles, Eddie Wineland, Raphael Assunção, Jens Pulver, Bibiano Fernandes, Takeya Mizugaki, Scott Jorgensen and many more.