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Sacramento-trained UFC fighters VanZant, Faber, Mendes enter octagon this week

Urijah Faber not ready to retire

Sacramento sports legend still shooting for a UFC title
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Sacramento sports legend still shooting for a UFC title

Three UFC fight cards take place beginning Thursday with rising Sacramento-trained star Paige VanZant taking on Rose Namajunas in the strawweight division.

It’s the first time the UFC has crammed so many fights together. On Friday, “The Ultimate Fighter” main event pits Frankie Edgar against Chad Mendes. And on Saturday night, Jose Aldo faces Conor McGregor for the featherweight title in UFC 194.

Mendes and VanZant train with Team Alpha Mail at Urijah Faber’s Sacramento midtown gym, Ultimate Fitness.

Faber’s timeline

Faber, 36, fights Frankie Saenz on Saturday in the preliminary bantamweight bout. Faber is 40 fights into a career in which he has won multiple championships and has established a legacy as one of Sacramento’s greatest athletes.

Here’s his timeline, as The Bee’s Andy Furillo wrote on Dec. 2:

  • Beat Frankie Saenz on Saturday at UFC 194 in Las Vegas.
  • Line up another big payday or two against top contenders.
  • Then step into the octagon later next year for a final title shot against the winner of January’s UFC bantamweight championship fight between Dominic Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw.

Gallery: Urijah Faber through the years

But before all that, here’s what’s going down Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Click here for the entire UFC’s viewing and schedule guide.

Watch these highlights from the open workouts of UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs VanZant, via UFC YouTube channel.

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