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Urijah Faber won’t rule out MMA return following UFC on FOX 22 retirement fight

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Urijah Faber will compete in the final fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 17, 2016) UFC on FOX 22 event against Brad Pickett in Sacramento, California.

But will it truly be the end for “The California Kid” once the dust settles inside the Golden 1 Center?

According to Faber, while he is content with his decision to call it a career after nearly 15 years in the hurt business, he tells “UFC Tonight” that will never completely put the final nail in the coffin when it comes to his fighting career, so to speak.

“I’m pretty content with what I’ve done. I wouldn’t rule out anything. But I’m planning on phasing it out and focusing on other things. I know it’ll be tempting. My focus is to hang it up. I’ll be super hands on, as a coach helping out, as a mentor for the next generation, helping build the brand and recruiting. We always had guys coming to us, but we’ll go find some people, too. I’ll be in there daily, hopefully not getting punched by Cody daily.”

There have been many combatants who have retired and un-retired after getting the itch to scrap again, namely Randy Couture and more recently BJ Penn — who will face Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 on January 15, 2016 in his first fight in over two years. So don’t be surprised if Urijah makes an appearance inside an MMA cage down the line.

Faber, 37, is currently riding a two-fight skid as he heads into his farewell fight against a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) colleague, so you know he’d love nothing more than to end his career on a high note.

And in front of his hometown crowd, no less.

To see the most up-to-date UFC on FOX 22 fight card — which features Paige VanZant taking on Michelle Waterson in the headlining act — click here.

Source:: mma mania