Uriah Faber annouced as a new member of Hall of Fame
According to MMAJunkie, Urijah Faber will join the exclusive ranks of the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.
Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC), who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers for MMA’s lighter weight classes, ended his nearly 14-year career in December when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett in his retirement fight at UFC on FOX 22 in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif.
“The California Kid” will join the Modern Era wing during this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony, which takes place July 6 in the midst of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week festivities.
“As a fighter, you don’t take time to sit back and smell the roses when you are going through your career,” Faber stated. “You’re always looking to the future, the next fight, the next camp, the next training session. To have UFC tell you that what you contributed and accomplished over the course of your career is worthy of being remembered for years to come is humbling.
“I’m so honored. It’s crazy that for so much of my career everyone said I was naive to think I’d ever get the chance to fight in UFC, and now I’m going to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. It’s going to be a special night for me, my family, friends and teammates in July when I am inducted.”
Over the course of his 28-fight UFC/WEC career, Faber accomplished quite a lot. He held the featherweight championship of the now-defunct WEC organization for nearly three years and would compete in three UFC championship fights during his tenure with the world’s largest MMA organization.
Although Faber fell short in some of his biggest fights and never captured UFC gold, he still has a successful career which included victories over the likes of Dominick Cruz, Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland, Raphael Assuncao, Jens Pulver and more.
“Urijah Faber has been one of the most charismatic MMA stars to have ever stepped into the octagon, and I’m excited to announce him as the first inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2017,” UFC President Dana White stated. “From his early days as a featherweight champion, to his decade-long career with UFC, he has made a lasting impact on the sport of MMA. He proved that the smaller weight classes could create big stars and put Sacramento on the map by building one of the strongest camps in the sport, where he coached some of the most talented athletes in the world. His legacy will continue with this next chapter as one of the best athletes to ever compete in the sport.”
Faber founded Team Alpha Male, one of the most prominent fight teams in the sport.
Faber’s place in UFC history will be cemented with his Hall of Fame induction into the Modern Era wing, which also includes former UFC champions Forrest Griffin and B.J. Penn.
The remainder of the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame class are expected to be made official in the coming weeks.