After all these years Urijah Faber is calling it a career. It was announced earlier today that Uriah Faber will retire after his fight with Brad Pickett. This fight will take place on December 17th. The event will be UFC on Fox 22. Urijah lost his previous two fights. A 5 round fight with Bamtamweight champion Dominic Cruz and then to Jimmie Rivera back in September.
Urijah Faber is truly a pioneer of the sport. In one of his interviews he was talking about how his first MMA fight didn’t even have a real doctor, it was a veterinarian. Can’t make that stuff up, that really tells you how far back this guys career goes. Faber is a former WEC Featherweight champion. He held the title for 2 years before losing to Mike Brown.
Urijah Faber had his first pro MMA fight back in 2003. He’s been in the game for 13 years, everyone knows how short careers are in MMA. Gotta respect what he’s accomplished and done over the years. He’s had fights with notable guys like Dominic Cruz, Jose Aldo, Renan Barao. Urijah is still the only guy to get a win over current champion, Dominic Cruz.
Urijah coached season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, against team Conor McGregor. While he may be walking away from fighting, it’ll always be in his blood. He’s the founder of team Alpha Male. He helped build that brand and campaigned for TJ Dillashaw to get his first shot at a championship. Urijah will surely be missed, but his wisdom will still be passed on to many MMA fighters in the years to come.