It looks as though the UFC will soon be without the fighting services of Urijah Faber, as the Sacramento star has announced he plans to retire, after he scraps Brad Pickett on December 17th.
Faber is booked to face the bantamweight on that date at UFC on FOX 22, which will take place in “The California Kid’s” own backyard of Sacramento. Faber was a guest on today’s “MMA Hour” show, and during his interview, the former WEC champ announced he thinks the time is right to retire (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight. 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 decision comes not long after he was decisioned by Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 in September. But, following the loss, the 37 year-old didn’t really hint that he was thinking about exiting from fighting. So, this news will likely come as a surprise to many, despite the fact Faber is coming off consecutive losses for the first time of his career, as he was decisioned by Dominick Cruz in June.
So, this definitely puts an interesting twist on UFC on FOX 22. Faber made his pro debut back in 2003, and was a driving force in the UFC’s decision to introduce lower weight divisions.
The Team Alpha Male founder’s last win took place last December, when he scored a UD win over Frankie Saenz.