Popularly known as The California Kid, Urijah Faber put on a final show at his hometown and won against Brad Pickett through unanimous decision inside the Golden 1 Center on Saturday. All of the 3 judges scored the fight a 30-26 blowout, which is in favour of Faber.
It has been about 8 years since Urijah Faber won a world title, yet it feels like he is going out on top. The 37-year-old Faber announced prior to the fight, which is the last of his thirteen year-career in UFC. He maintained this stance in spite of the one-sided victory.
Faber said that this life experience has been so amazing and he felt that got his own Ph.D. in real life. He also added that he’s prepared to go forward and do some big things. He also thanked Brad Pickett whom he described as an absolute warrior.
The fight’s signature moment happened during the first round when Faber dropped his opponent with his wicked left hook in the pocket, which made Pickett fell to his back. He also looked up blankly afterwards, yet Faber followed him on the ground and followed up knock down with huge shots, yet Pickett survived. During the second frame, Faber showed one of his known signature guillotine chokes in the middle of the fight. But, then again, Pickett survived it and dropped Faber using a left hand during the final round. However, Faber smiled and popped back up.
Faber defeated Pickett with a total strike of 89 to 20 according to Fightmetric. He’s just 6 months removed from fighting for the bantamweight title of UFC in the month of June, yet had also lost 3 of his last 4 going into Saturday. Faber stated that it is a surreal experience for him. He said that he loves doing it and there is nothing in the world that can match his experience in UFC, yet he’s now ready to move forward.
Faber won’t be forgotten in the world of UFC and will always be remembered as a pioneer for lower weight classes. Prior to UFC adding 145-, 135-, and 125-pound weight classes in year 2011, Faber was WEC promotion’s face that focused exclusively on such divisions. He also won WEC featherweight title in year 2006 and defended this 5 times.
His attempt in winning back WEC title in year 2010 against Jose Aldo headlined the pay-per-view event in the history of WEC. Between the year 2008 and year 2016, Faber fought in 7 world title fights between WEC and UFC yet came up short in each one.
Faber is also the founder of Team Alpha Male based in Sacramento and currently houses Paige VanZant and Cody Garbrandt. He finishes with nineteen career wins through submission and 7 via knockout.
After the fight, Faber grabbed the chance to thank everybody and said he is going to do big things in the long run. He also thanked Sacramento crowd who went crazy for him in the entire night. Faber also said that he stayed concentrated by staying realistic as well as feeling the love. He also said that his retirement is a surreal feeling, yet he is ready to do other things and has to move forward.