“The California Kid” said he will bring his storied career to an end after his next fight against Brad Pickett in December.
UFC on Fox 22 will serve as Faber’s retirement show as he faces Brad Pickett, the former Cage Rage British Featherweight champion. Both men have had similar career paths of success outside the UFC while having trouble reaching the same level in the UFC.
Faber, 37, has dominated at Featherweight and Bantamweight levels throughout his career. He won the World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight title, as well as the Bantamweight titles in both King of The Cage and Gladiator Challenge.
Faber spent most of his UFC career in the Bantamweight division, always on the edge of the top level of the class, but could never defeat the likes of Frankie Edgar and Dominick Cruz. He’s had four challenges for the title, two against Renan Barao and two against Dominick Cruz, losing all four fights, three by unanimous decision.
Faber used his base as a two-time NCAA wrestling qualifier to tear his opponents apart on the ground, but he had some rock hard punches and was not to be taken lightly.
The California Kid’s record stands at 33-10 at the current time, and he is almost certainly bound for every available Hall of Fame, as he was instrumental in making spectators take the smaller guys seriously.