Long time coming…
Hall of famer and decorated UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber announces that he will retire after his UFC on Fox 22 bout against fellow veteran Brad Pickett. The card will take place at newly built Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California and the California kid couldn’t think of a more fitting place.
“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” Faber revealed. “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 Dominick Cruz opportunity he’s referring to is the third installment of the feud that started between him and now bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz back in the WEC days. In the first fight Faber was dominant, scoring a rd. 1 guillotine choke submission, in the second installment Cruz edged out a controversial victory via 5 round war, and in the latest installment Cruz ran away with the series scoring a dominant 5 round win. Though Faber fought valiantly, it was clear the writing was on the wall for Faber as a real competitor in the bantamweight division.
“I’ve been teetering with it for a long time,” Faber said. “The thing is that I’m lucky. Like I said, I have my health and I really love what I’m doing. But just as far as the passion goes, I have a passion for what I’m doing still, but it doesn’t get the same emotion (out of me) that it has in the ….View full article