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Urijah Faber

Born Urijah Christopher Faber
May 14, 1979 (1979-05-14) (age 30)
Isla Vista, California
Other names California Kid
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Style Collegiate Wrestling, Kickboxing
Fighting out of Sacramento, California
Team Team Alpha Male
Years active 2003–present
MMA record
Total 27
Wins 23
By knockout 7
By submission 12
By disqualification 0
Losses 3
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Other information
University University of California-Davis
Notable school(s) Lincoln High (Char)
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 10, 2010

Urijah Christopher Faber (born May 14, 1979 in Isla Vista, California) is an American mixed martial arts fighter currently fighting as a featherweight in the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. Faber won the WEC featherweight championship at WEC 19 on March 17, 2006 and held the title for over two years until his loss to Mike Brown at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008. Currently Faber is ranked the #3 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[1]


Mixed martial arts

Faber made his professional MMA debut as part of the Gladiator Challenge promotion on November 12, 2003, defeating Jay Valencia by guillotine choke at 1:22 of round 1. Faber then defeated George Adkins by TKO(strikes) on February 12, 2004, earning a shot at GC Bantamweight champion David Velasquez. On June 6, 2004, Faber defeated Velasquez by unanimous decision, becoming the new GC Bantamweight champion. In his first title defense, Faber defeated Del Hawkins by TKO(strikes) at 3:19 of the first round on August 19, 2004. After this fight, Faber began to take fights in both GC and King of the Cage, GC's parent promotion.

Upon moving to KOTC, Faber defeated Rami Boukai by majority decision on September 24, 2004, barely a month after his last fight. On November 14, 2004, Faber defeated Eben Kaneshiro by submission (strikes) to win the KOTC Bantamweight championship, co-holding it with the GC Bantamweight title.

On March 13, 2005, Faber made his return to GC, defeating David Granados by rear naked choke at 2:13 of round 1. On May 7, 2005, he defended his KOTC belt for the first time, defeating Hiroyuki Abe by TKO(cut) at 2:37 of the third round. Returning to GC on September 10, 2005, Faber had his first defeat, losing the GC Bantamweight championship to Tyson Griffin by TKO(strikes) at :05 seconds of round 3.

On October 29, 2005, Faber defended his KOTC title again, defeating Shawn Bias by guillotine choke at 1:24 of the first round. He returned to GC on December 11, 2005, defeating Charles Bennett by rear naked choke at 4:38 of round 1. Faber then fought at a TKO Major League MMA event on January 8, 2006, facing Ivan Menjivar. Faber won by disqualification at 2:02 of the second round when Menjivar landed an illegal kick to a downed Faber.


World Extreme Cagefighting

On March 17, 2006, Faber competed for the first time in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion, defeating Cole Escovedo by TKO (corner stoppage) after the end of the second round to win the WEC featherweight championship.

On May 13, 2006, Faber defended his KOTC Bantamweight title for the third time, defeating Charlie Valencia by rear naked choke at 3:09 of the first round. Faber then returned to GC July 1, 2006 and defeated Naoya Uematsu by TKO(strikes) at 3:35 of round 2 to reclaim the GC Bantamweight championship, thus holding three titles at once. Faber then took a fight in the Full Contact Promotions organization on September 9, 2006, defeating Enoch Wilson by TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of the second round. On October 28, Faber returned to KOTC and defended his title for the fourth and last time, defeating Bibiano Fernandes by TKO (cut) at 4:16 of round 1. Faber later vacated his KOTC and GC titles upon signing a contract with the WEC after it was purchased by Zuffa in December 2006.

At WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope on January 20, 2007, Faber defended his WEC Featherweight title for the first time since winning it ten months prior, defeating Joe Pearson by submission(strikes) at 2:31 of the first round. At WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio on March 24, 2007, he successfully defended his title for a second time by defeating Dominick Cruz by guillotine choke at 1:38 of round 1.

At WEC 28: WrekCage on June 3, 2007, Faber defeated Chance Farrar by rear naked choke at 3:19 of the first round. In his postfight interview, Faber called out K-1 Hero's 2005 middleweight (154 lb) tournament champion Norifumi Yamamoto, though this fight has yet to take place. After this match, Faber took a six month break between fights, the longest of his career. He came back at WEC 31: Faber vs. Curran on December 12, 2007, defeating Jeff Curran by guillotine choke at 4:34 of the second round. Also on this card was the WEC debut of Jens Pulver, who was moving back down to featherweight from the 155 lb lightweight division. In Jens WEC debut, he submitted Cub Swanson in the first round of their match setting up a title match between Jens and Urijah. Pulver and Faber both commented in their postfight interviews that they wanted to fight each other, and the match was signed for June 1, 2008 at WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver. Faber and Pulver fought a constant back-and-forth battle, but neither man was able to finish the other and the fight went the full five rounds, the first time in Faber's WEC career that one of his fights had gone the distance. The judges scored the bout a unanimous decision for Faber, 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44. This fight also marked both the first time that one of Pulver's fights at featherweight had gone to decision and the first time Pulver had been defeated at that weight class.

Losing the title

Faber was next scheduled to fight Mike Brown at WEC 36 on September 10, 2008 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. However, this fight was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Ike and was rescheduled for November 5, 2008 at the same location. Faber was defeated due to strikes at 2:23 of the first round after accidently running into Brown's fist at the end of a spinning back elbow strike.

Attempting to regain the title

On January 25, 2009 at WEC 38 Faber fought Jens Pulver in a rematch, with Faber winning by guillotine choke at 1:34 of the first round. Post-fight, Faber addressed WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, who was seated at ringside and announced he wanted a shot at regaining his title. When Brown made his first successful title defense at WEC 39 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he responded to Faber's comments by saying that a rematch between the two of them was something "the fans want to see."

Urijah Faber was defeated a second time by Mike Brown at WEC 41 on June 7, 2009 by a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, and 48-47) in front of his hometown crowd in Sacramento. Early in the fight, Faber broke his right hand and later dislocated his left hand, resorting to using primarily elbows and kicks starting in round 3. Nonetheless, even in the fifth round Faber threw 15 left hooks or jabs, many of which connected. Sherdog and in a post-fight article noted that Faber's "right hand was no match for the top of Mike Brown's head." Immediately after the fight, Faber stated he would like another rematch against Brown.

Faber appeared on WEC 43 as a guest commentator and returned to action in January. He submitted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Raphael Assuncao via rear naked choke in third round at WEC 46[2], earning Submission of the Night honors.[3]

With the victory over Assuncao, Faber is expected to face Jose Aldo for the WEC Featherweight Championship sometime in the spring or summer of 2010.[4]

The Aldo/Faber bout is scheduled to take place on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[5]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Brazil Jose Aldo WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber 2010-04-24 United States Sacramento, California, USA For the WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 23-3 Brazil Raphael Assuncao Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson 2010-01-10 3 3:49 United States Sacramento, California, USA Won Submission of the Night
Loss 22-3 United States Mike Brown Decision (Unanimous) WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2 2009-06-07 5 5:00 United States Sacramento, California, USA For the WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 22-2 United States Jens Pulver Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone 2009-01-25 1 1:34 United States San Diego, California, USA Won Submission of the Night
Loss 21-2 United States Mike Brown TKO (Punches) WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown 2008-11-05 1 2:23 United States Hollywood, Florida, USA Loss WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 21-1 United States Jens Pulver Decision (Unanimous) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver 2008-06-01 5 5:00 United States Sacramento, California, USA Defended WEC Featherweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 20-1 United States Jeff Curran Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 31: Faber vs. Curran 2007-12-12 2 4:34 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 19-1 United States Chance Farrar Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEC 28: WrekCage 2007-06-03 1 3:19 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 18-1 United States Dominick Cruz Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio 2007-03-24 1 1:38 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 17-1 United States Joe Pearson Submission (Punches and Elbows) WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope 2007-01-20 1 2:31 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Defended WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 16-1 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes TKO (Doctor Stoppage) KOTC: All Stars 2006-10-28 1 4:16 United States Reno, Nevada, USA Title later vacated due to WEC commitments
Win 15-1 United States Enoch Wilson TKO (Doctor Stoppage) FCP: Malice at Cow Palace 2006-09-09 2 1:01 United States San Francisco, California, USA
Win 14-1 Japan Naoya Uematsu TKO (Punches) GC 51: Madness at the Memorial 2006-07-01 2 3:35 United States Sacramento, California, USA Won Gladiator Challenge Bantamweight Championship
Win 13-1 United States Charlie Valencia Submission (Rear Naked Choke) KOTC: Predator 2006-05-13 1 3:09 United States Globe, Arizona, USA
Win 12-1 United States Cole Escovedo TKO (Corner Stoppage) WEC 19: Undisputed 2006-03-17 2 5:00 United States Lemoore, California, USA Won WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 11-1 Canada Ivan Menjivar DQ (Illegal kick to downed opponent) TKO 24: Eruption 2006-01-28 2 2:02 Canada Laval, Quebec, Canada
Win 10-1 United States Charles Bennett Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 46: Avalanche 2005-12-11 1 4:38 United States Coarsegold, California, USA
Win 9-1 United States Shawn Bias Submission (Guillotine Choke) KOTC: Execution Day 2005-10-29 1 1:24 United States Reno, Nevada, USA
Loss 8-1 United States Tyson Griffin TKO (Punches) GC 42: Summer Slam 2005-09-10 3 0:05 United States Lakeport, California, USA Lost Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Championship
Win 8-0 Japan Hiroyuki Abe TKO (Cut) KOTC: Mortal Sins 2005-05-07 3 2:37 United States Primm, Nevada, USA
Win 7-0 United States David Granados Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 35: Cold Fury 2005-03-13 1 2:13 United States Porterville, California, USA
Win 6-0 United States Eben Kaneshiro Submission (Punches) KOTC: Revenge 2004-11-14 3 4:33 United States San Jacinto, California, USA Won King Of The Cage Bantamweight Championship
Win 5-0 United States Rami Boukai Decision (Majority) KOTC: San Jacinto 2004-09-24 2 5:00 United States San Jacinto, California, USA
Win 4-0 United States Del Hawkins TKO (Punches) GC 30: Gladiator Challenge 30 2004-08-19 1 3:19 United States Colusa, California, USA
Win 3-0 United States David Velasquez Decision (Unanimous) GC 27: FightFest 2 2004-06-03 3 5:00 United States Colusa, California, USA Won Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Championship
Win 2-0 United States George Adkins TKO (Corner Stoppage) GC 22: Gladiator Challenge 22 2004-02-12 2 2:42 United States Colusa, California, USA
Win 1-0 United States Jay Valencia Submission (Guillotine Choke) GC 20: Gladiator Challenge 20 2003-11-12 1 1:22 United States Colusa, California, USA


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Preceded by
Cole Escovedo
2nd WEC Featherweight Champion
March 17, 2006 - November 5, 2008
Succeeded by
Mike Brown


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