Faber’s Retirement Looming

“The California Kid” and former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion will get to hear his walkout theme “California Love” in front of his hometown crowd one last time against Brad “One Punch” Pickett on December 17 at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” 37-year- old Faber said on Monday’s “The MMA Hour” on MMAFighting.com. “And it just feels right to do it in [Sacramento] in this new area. It just feels like the right time and the right place. I’ve been waiting for this new arena to be built, I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event and I can’t wait to do it in front of the people I love.”

The fan-favorite will retire after co-main eventing UFC on Fox 22 opposite “12 Guage” Paige Van Zant and “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. Faber entered the UFC after it absorbed the WEC in 2010. He defended the WEC’s featherweight (145 lbs.) belt a record five consecutive times before contending for gold in the UFC four times.

He now looks to get into the business side of MMA as a manager for his Team Alpha Male camp. He also has a family construction business with his father.

“It took a long time to get to this point where I’m skilled enough and I’m in a position where I can fight and have a great time, but like my last fight, and my last couple fights, I haven’t found that emotional rise or fall. That is kind of a strange thing for me. I still love what I’m doing and that’s the reason why I’m doing it, but I just feel like this is going to be something that’s going to be an emotional thing for me, it’s going to be a passion thing. I’m going to train my butt off, and I just feel like right now is the right time.”