Urijah Faber
The California Kid

USA

Sets possible comeback date
BantamweightUFC
May 15, 2019
Faber is hoping to return to the Octagon at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Damon Martin of MMANews.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Faber turned 40 years old Tuesday, and while he hasn't competed since a victory over Brad Pickett in 2016, it appears he's once again getting the itch. He already re-entered the USADA testing pool in early-2019, and the mandatory six months in the pool will have passed by the time his hometown card rolls around. Faber made his WEC debut all the way back in 2006, and finished his career as one of the more popular fighters in smaller weight classes. He should have a long line of suitors ahead of him when the return becomes official.
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Teases comeback
BantamweightUFC
February 12, 2018
Faber revealed over the weekend that he remains in the USADA testing pool, which would make a comeback a possibility, Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
For a fighter to compete in the UFC, they typically need to make themselves available for testing for a period of four months prior to competition. Faber technically announced his retirement at the end of 2016, though he was tested three times the following year. Despite retiring at the age of 37, it sounds as if Faber is still leaving the door open, if given "a big opportunity."
Decisions Brad Pickett in final fight of pro career
BantamweightUFC
December 17, 2016
In the final fight of his professional career, Faber defeated Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC on FOX 22 on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Faber nearly pulled off the first-round finish, but he ultimately cruised to an easy unanimous decision win. Pickett has no answer for the foot speed of Faber, as the California Kid popped One Punch and then was nowhere to be found when Pickett returned fire. Faber also repeatedly was unable to outmuscle Pickett en route to landing five takedowns. Urijah certainly would have loved to pickup the stoppage in his final fight, but it was a terrific effort nonetheless. Faber is still an easy top-10, and probably top-five, bantamweight at this point in his career, but he isn't on the level of the very best fighters in the world anymore and that alone was enough for him to step aside. One of the best and most popular fighters in MMA history, Faber's next stop will be the UFC Hall of Fame.
To retire after UFC on Fox 22
BantamweightUFC
October 24, 2016
Faber had decided to call it a career after his fight scheduled Dec. 17 versus Brad Pickett at UFC on Fox 22, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Faber has been fighting for 14 years, earning titles with various promotions and even headlining the WEC's only pay-per-view against Jose Aldo at WEC 48. He challenged multiple times for the bantamweight title, but was never able to secure it. The California Kid suggested Monday that the time feels right to walk away and he will get a chance to do so in front of his home crowd in Sacramento.
Next fight with Brad Pickett scheduled
BantamweightUFC
October 18, 2016
Faber will face Brad Pickett Dec. 17 on Fox 22, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Faber is coming off a two-fight losing streak, most recently against Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision in September. The 37-year-old former WEC champion will enter the octagon with Pickett -- also a veteran at 38 years old -- who's lost four of his last five bouts over the last two years. The undercard event takes place at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Suffers back-to-back losses for first time in career
BantamweightUFC
September 10, 2016
Faber lost to Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 203 on Saturday in Cleveland.
ANALYSIS
It's rare that you will see Faber appear as baffled and confused as he did on Saturday. Known for his elite cardio and constant pressure, Faber ate a countless number of leg kicks that left him immobile. It was such a poor performance that it makes you wonder if The California Kid entered the fight with some type of preexisting injury. Facing an opponent who everyone knows prefers to stand and trade, Faber's footwork was non-existent and he was easily picked apart of the course of what amounted to a 15-minute kickboxing match. Faber didn't attempt a takedown the entire fight. There's something fishy going on here. Regardless, Faber is now 1-3 in his last four fights. It's the first time in Faber's career that he has lost back-to-back fights. The 37-year-old is fast approaching the finish line.