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Urijah Faber

"The California Kid" Urijah Faber

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  • Given Name: Urijah Christopher Faber
  • MMA Record: 33-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The California Kid
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1979.05.14
  • Last Fight: December 12, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Alpha Male
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 69.0" (175cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,750,290 USD
  • Born: Isla Vista, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Sacramento, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Before becoming the world’s most famous featherweight, the charismatic fighting sensation Urijah Faber ran his professional MMA record to an early 11-1 from 2003-2006. He earned notable victories over Ivan Menjivar and Charles Bennett before winning the WEC Featherweight Championship over Cole Escovedo by TKO (corner stoppage) on March 17, 2006. "The California Kid" defended the title five consecutive times (securing the WEC record at the time) with impressive dominations of top contenders Joe Pearson, Dominick Cruz (Guillotine Choke), Chance Farrar, Jeff Curran (Rear Naked Choke), and former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver. At the peak of that run Faber was the world’s number one featherweight, the WEC's number one fan draw with no other fighter even a close second, and looked unbeatable. Then he hit a rough patch. He dropped a pair of bouts to Mike Thomas Brown in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and lost to dynamic newcomer Jose Aldo in the WEC’s first-ever live Pay-Per-View event. Despite those setbacks, Faber has never broken mentally inside the cage and remains extremely threatening in all phases of the game.


Training out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, Faber is an extraordinary athlete. In a sport in which ring announcers routinely pronounce fighters to be "explosive", Faber truly is. His punching, kicking, leaping and scrambling emerges from nowhere, as if plugged into its own power source. He is a true representative of modern mixed martial arts, combining a technical and creative striking game with slick, powerful submission holds, making him one of the most complete fighters competing below the lightweight limit of 155 lbs. Faber knocks out opponents with surprising, unpredictable punches and knees from improbable angles. But the majority of his wins have come by submission, including a 2009 Guillotine Choke win over Pulver and a 2010 Rear Naked Choke victory over Raphael Assuncao, who had never been submitted to that point. Regardless of his future success, Faber’s place in the MMA history books is secure, as he was the first mainstream star to emerge from a division below 155 lbs. in the sport’s history, and is still a gigantic fighting star today.


Faber has been involved in a public feud with first-ever UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz. The two met in 2007, where Faber finished Cruz in the first round with a guillotine choke. Cruz earned the ire of Faber prior to the fight by signing his name over the image of Faber's face on the event poster. Since the WEC has folded into the UFC, and since Faber moved down to 135lbs, the two were destined to meet again, this time for Cruz's UFC belt. However Cruz would come out on top this time defending his belt with a Unanimous Decision victory. Faber would follow up with a Submission of the Night win over Brian Bowles.


Faber was set to face Cruz for a third time as they were both set as coaches for the Ultimate Fighter. However it was revealed that Cruz had injured his ACL and would not be able to fight. Instead it was announced that Faber would fight Renan Barao for the Interim title with the winner going on to fight Cruz for the undisputed title once he returns. Faber lost the fight by Unanimous Decision also suffering a broken rib in the first round.


Faber would then face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 who he would submit in the first round with a rear naked choke. He was then tasked with fighting a friend and someone he had trained with, Scott Jorgensen. In a good back and forth fight Faber was able to take Jorgensen's back and sink in the rear naked choke in the 4th round.


Faber's next challenge came in the form of the Brazilian fighter Yuri Alcantara, who previously fought in the 145, 155 and even 170 pound weight division. Despite being knocked down early in the fight, Faber rallied, reversed the position and dominated Alcantara with his wrestling for the reminder of the fight winning a unanimous decision.


Faber next faced the young prospect and another of his friends, Michael McDonald, well known for his punching power. In the first round Faber took his opponent down and outstruck him on the feet before knocking him down and locking a tight choke in the second round resulting in a submission victory. This fight has also earned Urijah the Submission of the Night bonus worth $50,000 and marked his 30th career victory (17th by submission).


Following another devastating injury to Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, Faber was granted a rematch with now-Undisputed Champion Renan Barao at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014. Cruz decided to vacate his belt rather than hold up the division for another lengthy absence. He would however fall short of winning the title again as he was finished by Barao in the first round. Faber thought the stoppage was a little premature and felt like he could have kept fighting but Herb Dean saw it differently and stepped in to call a halt to the fight.

Last updated 04.01.2014, 9:48 AM ET
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Urijah Faber MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Frankie Saenz
32-8-0 10-2-0

Us UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2015.12.12
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $300,000 ($150K Base, $150K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Frankie Edgar
32-7-0 18-4-1

Ph UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2015.05.16
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Perceval
Cancelled Bout Raphael Assunção UFC UFN 62 2015.03.21
Reason: Assunção Ankle Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
1:34 Round 2 of 3, 6:34 Total

Us Francisco Rivera Jr.
31-7-0 10-3-0

Us UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.12.06
Odds: -900 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs (61.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Masanori Kanehara UFC UFN 52 2014.09.20
Reason: Faber Rib Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
1:09 Round 3 of 3, 11:09 Total

Us Alex Caceres
30-7-0 10-5-0

Us UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.07.05
Odds: -750 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:42 Round 1 of 5

Br Renan Barão
30-6-0 31-1-0

Us UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2014.02.01
Odds: +280 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 134.5 lbs (61.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#44 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Win | Submission | Choke
3:22 Round 2 of 3, 8:22 Total

Us Michael McDonald
29-6-0 16-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.12.14
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#29 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 9 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Iuri Alcântara
28-6-0 29-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.08.17
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs (61.5 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Submission | Choke
3:16 Round 4 of 5, 18:16 Total

Us Scott Jorgensen
27-6-0 14-6-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.04.13
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($55K Base, $55K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 3

Sv Ivan Menjivar
26-6-0 25-9-0

Us UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2013.02.23
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Renan Barão
26-5-0 28-1-0

Ca UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
Main Event | Interim Title | Bantamweight | 135

2012.07.21
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Renan Barão UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Moved to UFC 149
Cancelled Bout Dominick Cruz UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Cruz Torn ACL
Win | Submission | Choke
1:27 Round 2 of 3, 6:27 Total

Us Brian Bowles
25-5-0 10-1-0

Us UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $134,000 ($32K Base, $32K Bonus, $70K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Jason McCoy
#22 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#40 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 139 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Dominick Cruz
25-4-0 17-1-0

Us UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2011.07.02
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $107,000 ($32K Base, $75K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#35 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 132 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Eddie Wineland
24-4-0 18-6-1

Us UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: -410 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs (61.5 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#28 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
4:50 Round 1 of 3

Jp Takeya Mizugaki
23-4-0 13-4-2

Us WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2010.11.11
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $66,000 ($28K Base, $28K Bonus, $10K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#48 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#9 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#18 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 52 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Takeya Mizugaki WEC 50 2010.08.18
Reason: Faber Knee Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br José Aldo
23-3-0 16-1-0

Us WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
Main Event | Title Challenge | Featherweight | 145

2010.04.24
Odds: +263 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 Base | Weigh-In: 144.5 lbs (65.5 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#7 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#2 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
3:49 Round 3 of 3, 13:49 Total

Br Raphael Assunção
22-3-0 15-1-0

Us WEC 46: Varner vs Henderson
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.01.10
Odds: -460 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $62,000 ($26K Base, $26K Bonus, $10K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#44 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 46 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Mike Brown
22-2-0 21-4-0

Us WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Featherweight | 145

2009.06.07
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $35,790 ($25,790 Base, $10K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 143.5 lbs (65.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#19 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#8 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 41 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:34 Round 1 of 3

Us Jens Pulver
21-2-0 22-10-1

Us WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2009.01.25
Odds: -721 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $55,500 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus, $7,500 Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:23 Round 1 of 5

Us Mike Brown
21-1-0 19-4-0

Us WEC 36: Faber vs Brown
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2008.11.05
Odds: -563 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 Base | Weigh-In: 144.5 lbs (65.5 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
#20 Biggest Upset of All Time
#6 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 36 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Jens Pulver
20-1-0 22-8-1

Us WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2008.06.01
Odds: -326 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $44,000 ($22K Base, $22K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#4 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 2 of 5, 9:34 Total

Us Jeff Curran
19-1-0 31-8-1

Us WEC 31: Faber vs Curran
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2007.12.12
Odds: -483 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Choke
3:19 Round 1 of 5

Us Chance Farrar
18-1-0 5-0-0

Us WEC 28: WrekCage
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2007.06.03
Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
1:38 Round 1 of 5

Us Dominick Cruz
17-1-0 9-0-0

Us WEC 26: Condit vs Alessio
Main Card | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2007.03.24
Odds: -750 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#19 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Strikes
2:31 Round 1 of 5

Us Joe Pearson
16-1-0 17-7-1

Us WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 145

2007.01.20
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Br Bibiano Fernandes

Us King of the Cage

2006.10.28
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Enoch Wilson

Us California Regional

2006.09.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Naoya Uematsu

Us Gladiator Challenge

2006.07.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Charlie Valencia

Us King of the Cage

2006.05.13
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Us Cole Escovedo

Us WEC

2006.03.17
Win | Disqualificaton

Sv Ivan Menjivar

Ca TKO Major League MMA

2006.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Charles Bennett

Us Gladiator Challenge

2005.12.11
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Shawn Bias

Us King of the Cage

2005.10.29
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tyson Griffin

Us Gladiator Challenge

2005.09.10
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Jp Hiroyuki Abe

Us King of the Cage

2005.05.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Us David Granados

Us Gladiator Challenge

2005.03.13
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Eben Kaneshiro

Us King of the Cage

2004.11.14
Win | Decision | Majority

Us Rami Boukai

Us King of the Cage

2004.09.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Del Hawkins

Us Gladiator Challenge

2004.08.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us David Velasquez

Us Gladiator Challenge

2004.06.03
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Us George Adkins

Us Gladiator Challenge

2004.02.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Jay Valencia

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.11.13

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