It was a bittersweet moment for all MMA fans as the California Kid ended his historic career in his hometown UFC Fight Night in Sacramento, CA. The hometown hero was not only successful in defeating Brad Pickett, but also added a highlight left hook that had everyone out of their seats, couches, and bar stools.
Faber made his pro MMA debut on November 12, 2003, and has been essential in the rise and growth of MMA since.
Faber has a long list of accomplishments, just check his Wikipedia. Urijah Faber has not only held titles in WEC, Gladiator Challenge, and King of the Cage, but has also produced a new breed of MMA fighters out of his Team Alpha Male camp, which he founded in 2004. The fighters being developed here have contributed and solidified what Faber began, which is create a fan base that is excited about watching the lighter weight classes in MMA.
Most fans will always remember Faber for bringing the best out of the current bantamweight champion, Dominic Cruz. The rivalry between not only each other, but their respective camps, will certainly go down in the history books. Both fighters have faced adversities in their careers, but none will be as memorable as when they were going at each other seeking the top spot in the division.
Although Faber is riding away into the sunset, I’m sure he will still be in the MMA spotlight. The California kid is a champion in all the hearts of MMA fans, and the younger fans that don’t know who he is, they will understand when they hear guys like me reminiscing about the old days of MMA.
As ironic as life tends to be, I would not be surprised if I found myself watching Dominic Cruz induct Faber into the UFC Hall of Fame as the final scene to this legendary athlete’s life script. Cruz has extended the olive branch by presenting Urijah with the infamous WEC poster. This time, the poster was signed properly and the handshake seemed to be authentic. Although there will always be some animosity between the two, the respect they have earned from each should be observed by all sports competitors.
Faber retires with a 34-10 record, but his contribution to the sport is immeasurable. Thank you, Urijah Faber.