Urijah Faber announces plan to retire after UFC on FOX 22

Urijah Faber’s upcoming bout on December 17 will be his last.

The future Hall of Famer, who is scheduled to face Brad Pickett in his hometown of Sacramento, appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour where he broke the news to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

“I've been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” Faber said. “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.”

“The California Kid” is largely credited for bringing attention to the lower weight divisions in MMA, especially during his reign as the WEC featherweight champion between 2006 and 2008. In the promotion, he scored wins over the likes of Dominick Cruz, Jens Pulver, and Raphael Assuncao before the WEC’s merger with the UFC.

In the UFC, he fought for the bantamweight title three times, and once for the interim title, coming up short in all four bouts. In his non-title fights, however, he went undefeated until he moved up a weight class to face Frankie Edgar in 2015.

After he retires, the 37-year old plans on taking on a managerial role with up-and-coming fighters out of the Sacramento area, saying that it was what excited him the most. He also runs several businesses and is involved other entertainment ventures.

“I've loved just being a part of other people's success,” he said. “Even guys like T.J. [Dillashaw] -- I enjoy the fact that T.J. and Chad and guys like [Mark] Munoz and Scotty Jorgensen, all these guys that I helped get into the sport. And I've seen some of them go. I don't know, I feel like it's kind of like a perfect time for me to make an exit and work on building this team. I have some entertainment stuff I've been working on, shows and some movie stuff. I've got business stuff that I've been working on, but I'm most excited about growing the next generation of fighters, bringing multiple belts back to the Sacramento area. And I want to go out with a massive win against a great opponent in my hometown.”

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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