Just four months after his final fight and retirement, Urijah Faber, "The California Kid", will soon be inducted into the UFC's Hall of Fame. Faber was announced as the first member of the 2017 class on Saturday Night, and there is said to be three more inductees who will be announced in the coming weeks, as the members will all be officially inducted in July ahead of UFC 213.
Although he was never able to capture the elusive UFC Championship, Faber is one of the most important fighters in all of MMA history, and one of the true pioneers of the sport. Because of Faber, the lighter weight classes became some of the most popular in all of the world of MMA, and he is basically the sole reason that the UFC brought the WEC into their organization.
Faber finished his career with a record of 34-10, fighting from 2003 to 2017, and collecting Bantamweight and Featherweight Championships in the WEC and King Of The Cage (KOTC), all while facing some of the greatest competition the lighter weight classes had to offer.
In 2004 he founded Team Alpha Male, which has produced some of the best fighters in all of the lower weight classes in the UFC. TAM members, current and former, include current champ Cody Garbrandt, former champ TJ Dillashaw, stars like Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez, and rising stars like Paige VanZant and Cynthia Calvillo.
Hats off to Urijah Faber for an incredible career, and I'm happy he will be rightfully honored and enshrined forever in the UFC's Hall of Fame, one of the greatest, and classiest fighters of all-time.