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"The California Kid"

31-7-0

Urijah Faber

"The California Kid" Urijah Faber

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  • Given Name: Urijah Christopher Faber
  • Professional MMA Record: 31-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The California Kid
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1979.05.14
  • Last Fight: July 05, 2014 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: $1,310,290 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 Bantamweight Ranking History

Urijah Faber MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
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

Alex Caceres
Ref: Herb Dean

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
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:42 Round 1 of 5

Renan Barão
Ref: Herb Dean

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

2014.02.01
Odds: +280 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 134.5 lbs
#25 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Win | Submission | Choke
3:22 Round 2 of 3, 8:22 Total

Michael McDonald
Ref: Herb Dean

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
#28 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 9 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Iuri Alcântara
Ref: Yves Lavigne

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
Win | Submission | Choke
3:16 Round 4 of 5, 18:16 Total

Scott Jorgensen
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 3

Ivan Menjivar
Ref: Jason Herzog

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
#6 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Renan Barão
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

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

2012.07.21
Odds: +160 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs
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

Brian Bowles
Ref: Jason McCoy

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
#21 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#47 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 139 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Dominick Cruz
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
#38 Greatest Fight of All Time
#2 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

Eddie Wineland
Ref: Keith Peterson

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

2011.03.19
Odds: -410 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs
#22 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
4:50 Round 1 of 3

Takeya Mizugaki
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

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
#46 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#9 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#17 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

José Aldo
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

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
#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

Raphael Assunção
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

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
#44 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 46 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Mike Brown
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

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
#20 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#7 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 41 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:34 Round 1 of 3

Jens Pulver
Ref: Jon Schorle

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
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:23 Round 1 of 5

Mike Brown
Ref: Troy Waugh

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
#18 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

Jens Pulver
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

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
#4 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 2 of 5, 9:34 Total

Jeff Curran
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

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
Win | Submission | Choke
3:19 Round 1 of 5

Chance Farrar
Ref: Herb Dean

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

2007.06.03
Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
1:38 Round 1 of 5

Dominick Cruz
Ref: Herb Dean

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
#19 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Strikes
2:31 Round 1 of 5

Joe Pearson
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Bibiano Fernandes

King of the Cage

2006.10.28
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Enoch Wilson

FCP

2006.09.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Naoya Uematsu

Gladiator Challenge

2006.07.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Charlie Valencia

King of the Cage

2006.05.13
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Cole Escovedo

WEC

2006.03.17
Win | Disqualificaton

Ivan Menjivar

TKO Major League MMA

2006.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Charles Bennett

Gladiator Challenge

2005.12.11
Win | Submission | Choke

Shawn Bias

King of the Cage

2005.10.29
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Tyson Griffin

Gladiator Challenge

2005.09.10
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Hiroyuki Abe

King of the Cage

2005.05.07
Win | Submission | Choke

David Granados

Gladiator Challenge

2005.03.13
Win | Submission | Punches

Eben Kaneshiro

King of the Cage

2004.11.14
Win | Decision | Majority

Rami Boukai

King of the Cage

2004.09.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Del Hawkins

Gladiator Challenge

2004.08.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous

David Velasquez

Gladiator Challenge

2004.06.03
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

George Adkins

Gladiator Challenge

2004.02.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Jay Valencia

Gladiator Challenge

2003.11.13

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