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Urijah
Faber
has worn many hats during his mixed martial arts career,
including prospect, contender, champion, pioneer, entrepreneur,
mentor and legend.

The
Team Alpha Male
founder made his professional debut on Nov. 13,
2003 and hit the ground running in MMA, as he won his first eight
fights and 21 of his first 22. Faber captured championships in
multiple organizations, became a trailblazer for lighter-weight
fighters and emerged as the poster boy for the fledgling
World Extreme Cagefighting
organization. The Isla Vista,
California, native engaged in multi-fight series with Dominick
Cruz
, Jens Pulver,
Renan
Barao
and Mike
Thomas
Brown
, all while helping to shine the spotlight on the
bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Now 40, Faber owns a
35-11 record, with 27 of those 35 victories having come by
knockout, technical knockout or submission.

As Faber awaits his next assignment in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
, here are five things you might
not know about him:

1. Amateur wrestling was his training ground.

Faber wrestled collegiately at the University of California-Davis,
where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier (2001-02) and established
his base for a successful mixed martial arts career. The school’s
wrestling program shuttered its doors in 2011.

2. He has the Midas touch.

“The California Kid” was one of four men who captured the WEC
featherweight championship. Brown, Cole
Escovedo
and Jose Aldo were
the others. His reign covered 964 days and included five successful
title defenses, as he turned away Cruz, Pulver, Joe Pearson,
Chance
Farrar
and Jeff Curran.
Faber also struck gold in the King of
the Cage
and Gladiator Challenge organizations.

3. He prefers strangulation.

All 17 of Faber’s submission victories involved the neck. He has
secured nine wins by rear-naked choke, seven by guillotine choke
and one by bulldog choke. The Team Alpha Male patriarch’s list of
victims includes Cruz, Curran, Pulver, Raphael
Assuncao
, Takeya
Mizugaki
, Brian
Bowles
, Ivan
Menjivar
, Michael
McDonald
and Alex
Caceres
.

4. Nobodies need not apply.

The eight men who have defeated Faber—Cruz (twice), Brown (twice),
Barao (twice), Aldo, Tyson
Griffin
, Frankie
Edgar
, Jimmie
Rivera
and Petr Yan—sport
a cumulative record of 186-47-1, which equates to nearly an .800
winning percentage.

5. He made his mark statistically.

Faber ranks first on the UFC’s all-time list for bantamweights in
total fight time (3:40:33), second in takedowns landed (26), third
in total strikes landed (908), fourth in significant strikes landed
(665), sixth in knockdowns (five) and seventh in submission
attempts (nine).

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