Urijah Faber

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Beyond the Cage met with "The California Kid" Urijah Faber at his Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento, California, to have him approve and sign the artwork we produced with his image. Not only did we confirm that he is one of the toughest fighters in the sport of MMA, but we also learned that he is a great motivator and has a tender heart.  Upon seeing the art, he loved it so much that he immediately asked if he could have a piece to give to his mother.


One of the fastest growing stars in MMA, Faber lives his life by two principles – "Anybody can do anything if they put their mind to it" and "Plan, pursue and achieve your goals."

Faber made his professional MMA debut as part of the Gladiator Challenge in 2003 and earned many victories and became the bantamweight champion.  He eventually began fighting for King of the Cage, again becoming the bantamweight champion. He held both titles simultaneously.  Then in 2006, Faber competed for the first time in the World Extreme Cagefighting and became the WEC featherweight champion.

In 2010, WEC merged with the UFC.  As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.  Faber continues to impress in the UFC.  He defeated former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision in his UFC debut on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.   Faber is currently ranked the number three bantamweight in the world by Sherdog and the number five bantamweight in the world by MMAWeekly.  Faber holds notable victories over Dominick Cruz, Jens Pulver, Eddie Wineland and Takeya Mizugaki.

His championships and awards include Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Championship, Gladiator Challenge Bantamweight Championship, King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship (Five times), WEC Featherweight Championship, Fight of the night (Two times), Submission of the Night (Three times), Most consecutive title defenses in the WEC (Five) and UFC Fight of the Night (One time).