Urijah Faber
The California Kid

USA

Stars in return from long layoff
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Fighting for the first time since December 2016, Faber defeated Ricky Simon via KO (punches) at 0:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Unbelievable. Faber returned from more than 2.5 years on the sideline to -- per ESPN's broadcast -- score the quickest stoppage win of his hall-of-fame career, and his first knockout win since January 2007. That is not a typo. Never known as a power puncher, Faber connected with a looping right hook to effectively finish off Simon. In his post-fight interview with ESPN's Michael Bisping, Faber asked for a shot at Henry Cejudo's UFC Bantamweight Championship. The odds of that happening are somewhere between slim and none, but it doesn't hurt to try. As great as Faber looked on Saturday, odds are high this will go down as the high point of his return to mixed martial arts, and that's fine. Expectations need to be kept in check after this brilliant effort -- which also happened to earn him $50,000 via a Performance of the Night bonus.
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Making comeback at UFC Sacramento
BantamweightUFC
May 28, 2019
Faber (34-10-0) will end his retirement and return to the Octagon on July 13 to fight Ricky Simon (15-1-0) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Sacramento, Dave Meltzer of Wresting Observer Newsletter reports.
ANALYSIS
Though he hasn't fought since December 2016, the UFC Hall of Famer has elected to resume his career for at least one more fight in his hometown of Sacramento. Prior to retiring, the 40-year-old Faber hadn't found much recent success, dropping two of his last three fights, including a loss to Dominick Cruz when a title belt was on the line. Faber has reportedly kept himself in shape since stepping away from the Octagon by competing in grappling, but his lack of recent UFC experience coupled with his advancing age could make it difficult for him to come away with a win over Simon. The 26-year-old will head to Sacramento riding an eight-fight winning streak.
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.
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.