Urijah Faber recently announced that his fighting career will not extend into 2017, and although the bantamweight star never secured a UFC title, he says he has no regrets.
Earlier this week, Faber reported that his December 17th bout with Brad Pickett, will close out his decade plus career. Since the bout will be part of UFC on FOX 22 in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, the 37 year-old has decided it’s the perfect time to hang up the gloves.
After revealing his plan on “The MMA Hour”, Faber was asked if he’ll look back and regret the fact he never won a UFC belt. The former WEC champ had this to say in response (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“At 32 (years old), they introduced my weight class for the first time in the UFC…”said Faber.
“At that time it was (Jose) Aldo and (Anthony) Pettis and on and on, and Demetrious (Johnson) and all these guys, Benson Henderson, these guys were all part of that (WEC) group. Cowboy (Cerrone) and the list goes on. I’m not fooled about it. I’ve had 14 years in this sport and my entire career has been at the top. I’ve had title shots. I’ve held the title for years and years. I don’t worry about what somebody calls something. I know what it was. And I think, for me, I just am a very thankful guy. I really am.”
It’s a fair point. At the time, many of the world’s best featherweights and bantamweights were in the WEC. So it’s not like Faber was the featherweight champ of a regional organization. Faber’s popularity also played a pivotal role in the UFC’s decision to create 145 and 135 divisions. So, that’s something else “The California Kid” can be proud of.
UFC on FOX 22 will be hosted by the Golden 1 Center.