The California Kid Faber Analysis

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"The California Kid" Urijah Faber has shocked the world by announcing he will be retiring following his UFC On FOX 22 fight against Brad "One Punch" Pickett.

Urijah Faber was a guest on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani where he made the decision to retire. Faber said that he still has a passion for fighting but his emotions toward fighting has changed now then in the past. Faber would also go onto mention that in his previous fights he has not found that emotional rise or fall and that to him is strange for him. Faber closed it out by saying he already has plans going forward for him as he plans on being a GM for his Team Alpha Male team as well as becoming an scout as well.

At the age of 37 Urijah Faber has really came along way in his professional fighting career. The California Kid began his professional MMA career in 2003 where fought for promotions like King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge. Within three fights of his professional career Faber would already win his first championship, the KOTC featherweight championship, but his success would not stop there. In March of 2006 Urijah Faber was
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Faber and Cruz shared bad blood over the years and it really kicked off when Faber gave Cruz his first loss back at WEC 26 where he made Cruz tap out. Following his loss to Faber, Cruz would stick in the WEC until the pair met again at UFC 128 where Cruz defeated Faber to win the inaugural UFC bantamweight championship. Faber and Cruz over the next few years will continue to exchange words with each other and even coached against each other on The Ultimate Fighter: Live but their trilogy and final fight would not come until UFC 199. In the last fight of the saga Cruz was able to one-up Faber where he defeated Faber via unanimous decision to remain the bantamweight championship. Their UFC 199 bout marked the end of one of the promotions most intense rivalry's. Cruz won the three fight series

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