The Sacramento Bee has reported that Urijah “The California Kid”will face against Brad “One-Punch”Pickett for a bantamweight match at UFC On Fox 22. The fight will be in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, CA on Dec 17. Sacramento is also the location of “Alpha Male,” an MMA gym managed by Faber.
Faber (33-10), the 37 year old WEC Bantamweight Champion is well known for his grudge match against current UFC Bantamweight Dominick Cruz. Faber defeated Cruz by decision in their bout for the WEC title, which Cruz avenged later also by decision. Faber recently challenged Cruz for the UFC title, but ended losing by decision again. Faber would suffer another loss in his last fight against Jimmie Rivera. So Faber should be desperate for a win to break the losing streak.
Pickett (25-12), is another older fighter at 38 and a former bantamweight contender like Faber. Pickett has gone 3-6 over his last nine fights and is known for his exciting and aggressive fighting style. Despite the nickname “One-Punch,” Pickett only has 7 wins by knockout in his 37 fight career.
Other fights featured on the card are:
- Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
- Mickey Gall vs. Sage Northcutt
- Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
- Mike Perry vs. Alan Jouban
- Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington
- Scott Holtzman vs. Josh Emmett
- Sultan Aliev vs. Bojan Velickovic
- James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono