Sacramento mixed martial arts fighter Urijah Faber announced Monday his upcoming fight at Golden 1 Center will be his last.
One of the most charismatic fighters in the game, Faber, 37, said on the “The MMA Hour” he will retire after his Dec. 17 fight against Brad Pickett on the card for UFC on Fox 22.
“To be honest with you, I’m super excited to fight” at Golden 1, Faber said. “Those are all my people out there. I built our team, Team Alpha Male. It’s like an extended family to me, and I was raised in the greater Sacramento area all the way through college. It’s going to be a really cool event.
“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight. And it just feels right to do it in (Sacramento) in this new arena. It just feels like the right time and the right place.”
In his 14-year career, Faber has a 33-10 record. The UC Davis graduate owns Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento, where he runs Team Alpha Male, which has produced fighters such as Chad Mendes, T.J. Dillashaw and Paige VanZant, who faces Michelle Waterson in the main event Dec. 17.
The main card at Golden 1 will air on Fox following preliminary bouts on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.