It didn’t take long. The dust has barely settled on Urijah Faber’s career and he will already be making his way to the UFC Hall of fame at the age of only 37. Urijah retired in front of his hometown Sacramento crowd following a victory over British MMA legend Brad Pickett in December 2016. 4 short months later the UFC has announced that Faber is the first inductee of the 2017 Hall of Fame class, he will be honored during international fight week this July.
Faber enjoyed a storied career racking up an overall professional record of 34-10. The former WEC Champion never realized his dream of earning UFC gold, but he fought for the UFC title 4 times. Recognized by his peers as a top three fighter until the day he retired, Faber forever left his mark on the Bantamweight division. He retires with 19 finishes by submission and 7 KO/TKO finishes. Faber only lost by finish 3 times in his entire career, all 7 other losses came by way of a judges score card.
Faber will continue to have impact on the sport through his Sacramento based gym: Team Alpha Male. His team boasts a stable of some of the hottest young talent in MMA. Most notably: current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody “No Love” Garbrandt, as well as up and coming Strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo. MMA will continue to see the influence of Faber for years to come via Team Alpha Male.
Congratulations Urijah, welcome to the Hall of Fame Urijah, and on behalf of all the fans: Thank you.