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Urijah Faber announces retirement following December fight

Urijah Faber poses on the scale during the weigh-in for UFC 194, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. Faber is scheduled to fight Frankie Saenz in a bantamweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

Following his fight at UFC on FOX 22 on Dec. 17 in Sacramento, California, Urijah Faber will be hanging up the gloves for good. The legendary former featherweight and bantamweight champion, Faber will end a professional career that began all the way back in 2003 and spanned 44 total mixed martial arts fights.

Standing at just 5-4 and 134 pounds, the 37-year-old, who fights out of Sacramento, will make his Dec. 17 fight against Brad Pickett his final bout. Faber is coming into the fight on a two-match losing streak with his last win coming back on Dec. 12, 2015. He challenged Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight strap back in June at UFC 199 and lost by unanimous decision. His most recent fight was a loss to Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 in September, also by unanimous decision.

The last time he lost a fight not via decision came back in February 2014 when he was knocked out by Renan Barao.

Already inducted into the Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Faber has posted a 33-10 record for his career entering his next fight. His first win came in November 2003 and he went on to dominate the WEC featherweight division from 2006 to 2008.

In terms of what caused him to make the decision, Faber said, “I’ve been teetering with it for a long time. The thing is that I’m lucky. Like I said, I have my health and I really love what I’m doing. But just as far as passion goes, I have a passion for what I’m doing still, but it doesn’t get the same emotion that it has in the past.”

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