Urijah Faber’s career is coming close to an end folks. The “California Kid” plans on retiring after his fight against Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22 in his hometown of Sacramento, CA.
Faber announced his retirement plan on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani Monday afternoon. During the interview, Faber said the moment “just feels right”, and explained his future commitments are to run his business, build up elite fighters, and fulfill entertainment opportunities in shows and movies. Those are just some of the stuff on his plate after retiring from the UFC.
Faber’s official plan is to go out on his turf, on his terms after UFC on FOX 22 in December.
I’ve loved just being a part of other people’s success. Even guys like T.J. (Dillashaw) — I enjoy the fact that T.J. and Chad and guys like (Mark) Munoz and Scotty Jorgensen, all these guys that I helped get into the sport. And I’ve seen some of them go. I don’t know, I feel like it’s kind of like a perfect time for me to make an exit and work on building this team. I have some entertainment stuff I’ve been working on, shows and some movie stuff. I’ve got business stuff that I’ve been working on, but I’m most excited about growing the next generation of fighters, bringing multiple belts back to the Sacramento area. And I want to go out with a massive win against a great opponent in my hometown.
Faber meets Pickett on December 17, 2016.