American mixed martial artist Urijah “California Kid” Faber is a native of Isla Vista, California and was born on May 14th, 1979. After standing out in every athletic endeavor he attempted during his high school years in the town of Lincoln, Faber quit his involvement in football, roller hockey and baseball to concentrate his training efforts on wrestling and mixed martial arts.
After beginning college at the University of California Davis campus with no scholarship, Faber was awarded a scholarship covering his remaining time at the university due to his supreme wrestling skills during his freshman year. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree while coaching at UC Davis on the lightweight wrestling team before beginning his professional MMA career.
Faber began wrestling in local California promotions while performing his early Brazilian jiu jitsu training and won his first match with only one month of formal instruction. After competing in and winning the Gladiator Challenge in 2004, Faber was picked up by the King of the Cage promotion, winning the KOTC World Title later that year.
After suffering his first loss to UFC lightweight fighter Tyson Griffin Faber fought with renewed energy, winning his next six matches and obtaining the a world championship belt from the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion.
Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"
Brad Blackburn - Bad
Chris Lytle - Lights Out
Dan Christison - The Sandman
David Tank Abbott
Don Frye - The Predator
Ed Herman - Short Fuse
Eric Esch - Butterbean
Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect
Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"
George St. Pierre - "Rush"
Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane
Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse
Ian Freeman - The Machine
Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold
Jason MacDonald - The Athlete
Jason Von Flue - Live Wire
Jeff Joslin - The Inferno
Jeremy Horn - Gumby
Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy
Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"
Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"
Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean
Kenny Florian - KenFlo
Marcus Aurelio - Maximus
Mark Coleman - The Hammer
Mark Weir - The Wizard
Marvin Eastman - The Beastman
Matt Hamill - The Hammer
Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"
Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"
Nick Diaz - "Diablo"
Patrick Cote - The Predator
Paul Buentello - The Headhunter
Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack
Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass
Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"
Randy Couture - "The Natural"
Rashad Evans - "Sugar"
Richard Clementi - No Love
Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer
Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin
Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"
Shonie Carter - Mr. International
Spencer Fisher - The King
Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"
Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer
Urijah Faber - California Kid