Welcome to a list of legends, the California Kid.
Mid-way through the UFC 210 broadcast Dana White and Jon Anik revealed the first inductee in to this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony. The entrant in to the ‘modern wing’ is the California Kid, Urijah Faber.
Urijah Faber will be most fondly known for being the leading figure in the WEC organisation. The WEC was the first MMA organisation to shine a light on the lighter weight classes – in particular the 135 and 145ers.
Faber captured the WEC Featherweight title in March of 2006. Through a two year spell he defended the belt against the likes of Jens Pulver and Dominick Cruz. He had a famous rivalry with Mike Brown, now American Top Team Head Coach, were it appeared Brown just had Faber’s number, defeating him twice for the belt.
After taking a famous beating from Jose Aldo, mostly to the legs, the UFC merged with the WEC and that brought about Faber’s drop down to bantamweight. Faber went 10-6 inside the UFC with all of his losses bar two coming in title fights. He will be fondly known for building the Fox Sports preliminary card as he insisted he fight on it regularly.
Outside of the cage Faber was instrumental in the rise of Team Alpha Male, an elite MMA camp based out of Sacramento, California. Team Alpha Male has produced some of the best talent in the lighter weight classes from the likes of champions Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw to top contenders Joseph Benavidez and Chad Mendes.
Faber is heavily involed in the MMA clothing apparel ‘Torque’ also. It appears his life is set quite well for life outside the Octagon.