Urijah Faber News
Thursday 05.23.2013 12:30pm ET | View Full Article
(Looks like this year's harvest will be even better. Sanguis Bibimus! Corpus Edimus! Photo via Getty Images.)
This Saturday night, Cain Velasquez will attempt to make WILL MAKE the first title defense of his career in his second term as UFC heavyweight champion when he rematches Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Mark Hunt will look to continue WILL CONTINUE his Cinderella run in the co-main event agai...
Wednesday 05.22.2013 4:35pm ET | View Full Article
UFC 160 takes place this Saturday night (May 25, 2013) with a rematch -- this time for the UFC heavyweight championship -- between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva atop the card. Bloody Elbow will gradually roll out previews, analysis and predictions for the main pay-per-view card as well as the FX Channel and Facebook preliminaries. The full UFC 160 lineup follows: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Sil...
Wednesday 05.22.2013 1:00pm ET | View Full Article
UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 at the MGM Grand Arena will end with the Heavyweight bang, but the pugilistic festivities will begin, as they usually do, with the lighter weights.
Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (9-2) Welterweight
Not necessarily a lighter weight bout, but we're still a full wine-saturated Peter Dinklage away from the acromegalous heavyweights on the main card on ...
Wednesday 05.22.2013 9:00am ET | View Full Article
The meeting between Paulo Thiago and Michel Prazeres yielded some fairly entertaining results redolent with gobs of pleasingly sloppy wrestling. In the midst of this wrestling, something rare, if not totally unprecedented in a mixed martial arts match, occurred. Near the end of the second round Thiago countered a Prazeres front headlock with a sucker drag. The sucker drag was imperfect but effect...
Tuesday 05.21.2013 3:00pm ET | View Full Article
So, what exactly is the protocol when the division kingpin, as well as the Interim champion, are both injured and unable to defend their belts?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now has two belts in hock after temporary titleholder Renan Pegado was forced to withdraw from the upcoming UFC 161: "Barao vs. Wineland" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for June 15, 201...
Monday 05.20.2013 10:30pm ET | View Full Article
Big guys, small gloves ... someone is getting knocked out this upcoming Memorial Day weekend (Sat., May 25, 2013).
Heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are coming to Las Vegas, Nevada, for UFC 160, which will emanate from MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the main event, UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, fresh off of a five-round beatdown of Junior dos Santos, will fight "Bigfoot" Anton...
Monday 05.20.2013 9:00pm ET | View Full Article
Urijah Faber is a fighter with a lot on his plate.
By far, the most popular mixed martial artist below 155 pounds, "The California Kid" isn't just keeping himself busy fighting these days. He's doing commercials, looking for investment opportunities, launching websites and even helping artists put on gallery shows.
Oh yeah, and he's also the team leader of the extremely successful Alpha Male gy...
Monday 05.20.2013 8:00pm ET | View Full Article
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) for the fifth time this year on Saturday night (May 25, 2013) as UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" goes down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Throughout the history of UFC title bouts, the champion has been the more successful fighter going into a rematch with a previous opponent, and in the UFC 160 main...
Monday 05.20.2013 3:38pm ET | View Full Article
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Urijah Faber is fresh off a short notice main event victory over Scott Jorgensen last month (April 13, 2013) at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, but in light of recent events in the bantamweight division, he'd be willing to do it again if asked.
UFC 161 was supposed to be headlined by an interim title fight between Renan Bara...
Sunday 05.19.2013 3:55pm ET | View Full Article
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Tatame by way of Bloody Elbow reports that June 15th's UFC 161 has lost its main event. UFC interim 135 pound champion Renan Barao was set to face Eddie Wineland in the event's headlining match but the Brazilian has reportedly been forced to pull out due to injury.
Barao is reported to have injured a foot. He became the interim champion by beating Urijah Faber a...
Saturday 05.18.2013 11:48pm ET | View Full Article
UFC on FX 8 may have been short on stars, but the few that were in the arena on Saturday night made their presence felt with style.
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza put on an absolute clinic, lulling Chris Camozzi into unconsciousness within a matter of seconds after locking in a first-round arm triangle for his UFC debut. And then came Vitor Belfort. An underdog o...
Friday 05.17.2013 1:19pm ET | View Full Article
T.J. Grant heard the critics after the announcement that the winner of his UFC 160 bout with Gray Maynard would get the next shot at Benson Henderson's lightweight championship.
Several observers, including this reporter, questioned whether a title shot for Maynard or Grant was the wisest decision, given the top of the lightweight division still features the likes of Gilbert Melendez, who many f...
Thursday 05.16.2013 4:15pm ET | View Full Article
Thursday 05.16.2013 11:31am ET | View Full Article
(An excerpt from Urijah Faber's Optical Panacea poster. Click the image to see the full-size extended version.)
By Ben Goldstein
From the very beginning of his career, Urijah Faber understood that he could be so much more than just a guy throwing punches in a cage. The California Kid bought his own gym in 2006, and went on to build one of the most successful fight teams in the sport. He's par...
Wednesday 05.15.2013 11:01am ET | View Full Article
This week has been a busy one for MMA. We've got the eighth UFC On FX card coming up this weekend, fighters getting popped for weed, and the very first MMA Combine in our sport's relatively young history. To me, an MMA Combine marks a great step forward for the mainstream exposure of the sport.
Through the combined efforts of UFC batamweight star, Urijah Faber, light heavyweight contender, Phil...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 2:27pm ET | View Full Article
Usually, if you're a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter competing in championship main event contest, it means you're fighting the biggest name available in your weight class, right?
Not according to former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber.
34 fights into his MMA career, 'The California Kid" says fighting "big name" opponents inside the cage is priority number ...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 11:58am ET | View Full Article
Great news for up-and-coming fighters who want to strut their stuff, but don't want to have to spend three months locked in a house on FX Channel to do it.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars Urijah Faber and Phil Davis have collaborated on MMA Draft, a website for amateur fighters to register and get their names into a national database for future opportunities, including exposure throug...
Monday 05.13.2013 10:57pm ET | View Full Article
The NFL Combine is a staple event preceding the draft. Each year, aspiring players participate in a series of athletic tests in order for scouts to gauge their potential in the big leagues. At this year's UFC Fan Expo, up-and-coming mixed martial artists will have the chance to do the same.
As reported by Bleacher Report, UFC Bantamweight Urijah Faber and Light Heavyweight Phil Davis are heading...
Monday 05.13.2013 9:00am ET | View Full Article
When I chose the above photo for this article, I did so with a specific intention. I want you, as readers, to know that I understand the claims I'm making when I say that kicking is a new skill to MMA. In it's earliest days MMA emphasized the exoticism of techniques, taking often under-trained (in MMA) fighters and matching them against one another to see which of their martial skill sets was kin...
Saturday 05.11.2013 12:30pm ET | View Full Article
Imagine, if you will, a bantamweight fighter in 2013 with one pro mixed martial arts bout under his belt. In his second pro fight, he takes on Renan Barao. Then, for an encore, he returns in 2014 and goes up against Dominick Cruz.
Sounds farfetched, right? But that's not far removed from what OneFC star Bibiano Fernandes attempted at the outset of his MMA career.
With world-class jiu-jitsu cred...