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Urijah Faber to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame

UFC on FOX 22 photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

One of the greatest lighter weight fighters in the history of the sport will be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

The UFC announced Saturday night that Urijah Faber, a former WEC 145-pound champion and four-time UFC title contender, will be honored at the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, scheduled for July 6 in Las Vegas.

The ceremony is part of International Fight Week, which will include a pair of fight cards. On July 7, the promotion will crown the a new Ultimate Fighter at the T-Mobile Arena, followed by a pay-per-view card the following night in the same venue.

Faber, the youngest fighter to enter the UFC Hall of Fame, retired from the sport in December after defeating Brad Pickett by unanimous decision in his hometown of Sacramento at UFC on FOX 22.

“The California Kid”, who improved to 34-10 with the victory, scored wins over the likes of Dominick Cruz, Jens Pulver, Bibiano Fernandes and Brian Bowles in 13 years as a professional fighter, becoming one of the most popular fighters under 155 pounds.

“Urijah Faber has been one of the most charismatic MMA stars to have ever stepped into the Octagon and I’m excited to announce him as the first inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2017,” UFC president Dana White stated in a release. “From his early days as a featherweight champion, to his decade-long career with UFC, he has made a lasting impact on the sport of MMA.

"He proved that the smaller weight classes could create big stars and put Sacramento on the map by building one of the strongest camps in the sport, where he coached some of the most talented athletes in the world. His legacy will continue with this next chapter as one of the best athletes to ever compete in the sport.”

Faber said he was “honored" to be part of the of the Hall of Fame, joining Forrest Griffin and B.J. Penn in the modern-era wing.

“As a fighter, you don’t take time to sit back and smell the roses when you are going through your career,” Faber said. “You’re always looking to the future, the next fight, the next camp, the next training session. To have UFC tell you that what you contributed and accomplished over the course of your career is worthy of being remembered for years to come is humbling.

"I’m so honored. It’s crazy that for so much of my career everyone said I was naive to think I’d ever get the chance to fight in UFC, and now I’m going to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. It’s going to be a special night for me, my family, friends and teammates in July when I am inducted."

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