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Why Urijah Faber came out of retirement for UFC Fight Night Sacramento


Why Urijah Faber came out of retirement for UFC Fight Night Sacramento

Urijah Faber doesn't need to do this. That's not the point, though. 

Faber and his fiancée, Jaslyn Ome, had their first child, Cali, four months ago. Faber was named to the UFC Hall of Fame in April 2017. The Sacramento sports legend even won his "retirement" fight over Brad Picket by unanimous decision in December 2016. 

And yet here he is at 40 years old, back in the octagon at UFC Fight Sacramento where he will face rising prospect Ricky Simon in the bantamweight division on Saturday as the co-main event at Golden 1 Center. 

Faber told ESPN's Marc Raimondi that he caught the itch to return to MMA while training for high-profile grappling matches earlier in the year and as he sparred with Team Alpha teammates Cody Garbrandt and Chad Mendes. 

"I've been motivated over the last 2½ years," Faber said. "I've been wanting to fight some people. I had that feeling like, just you want to fight. Irritated by some stuff, motivated by other stuff. Just knowing that it's coming."

Aside from his career throwing fists and rolling on the mat, Faber is a businessman. He's involved in real estate, clothing, management, meal delivery and even CBD. Faber told ESPN he owns at least a small piece of more than 10 companies. There's no doubt, money was a motivating factor for the fight. 

"There's a lot of good things happening [in my businesses]," Faber said. "Of course, the [profit] margins in the fight game are awesome. We are prizefighters. Money is part of the motivation. You see guys making more and more money. Like dude, I'm still a game guy. If there's money on the table, let's grab some of it."

More than anything, "The California Kid" is a fighter. From his days at UC Davis to his MMA debut in 2003 to opening his Ultimate Fitness gym in Sacramento and establishing Team Alpha Male, Faber forever will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the sport.

He's a leader, too. 

"It's exciting to lead by example again," Faber said in an interview with "Come in here, throw my hat in the crowd as far as getting going in here is fun for me. It reminds me of how difficult this thing is. Even the little knicks and the bruises and little injuries and stuff like that, you have to push through it. 

"It's something that you get to show the next generation, 'Hey, this is how it's done.'" 

Team Alpha Male will have six members fighting at UFC Sacramento on Saturday, including Faber. The Hall of Famer who is 34-10-0 in his long career will face a 26-year-old with a 15-1-0 record, who even made a pit-stop at Faber's gym in college.

"I think he’s done great, great things for his gym. There’s a reason why his gym is successful. He’s doing great," Simon said to, before getting to his main point. "I’m still going to try and knock him out on July 13." 

Faber hasn't said whether this will be his last fight or not. He could hang it up seven miles from his gym -- no matter the outcome -- and still be a legend.

One thing is certain: Urijah Faber will always be in the fight game.

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

When Daniel Cormier enters the Octagon on Saturday to face Stipe Miocic in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 241, he'll be fighting for more than just his chance to retain the heavyweight belt.

Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, also is the wrestling coach at Gilroy High School. Tragedy recently hit the Gilroy community when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing four people and wounding 13 others.

So Cormier not only will be fighting for the belt Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but also to represent his community.

"With my attachment to the community, and being the guy that's probably -- you know I talk about all the fighters from the city, but I'm the guy at the forefront as the champion," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "The opportunity to represent the community on such a massive stage is a huge honor for me. It hasn't been long since the shooting happened, and to be in such a big spot and to carry the flag of the town of Gilroy means a ton to me. 

"People will be watching. They will be rooting and cheering. I know that on Saturday, I'm going to show and prove how strong people from Gilroy are and make them proud."

[RELATED: Cormier offers advice to McGregor after bar punch video]

Cormier defeated Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July,

He hopes to lift a belt and a community Saturday with another victory over Miocic on Saturday.

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

The eyes of the UFC world are locked on UFC 241 and Daniel Cormier's rematch with Stipe Miocic.

Cormier vs. Miocic 2 will take place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but as is commonplace in UFC, Conor McGregor stole the spotlight Thursday.

TMZ published a video of McGregor punching an elderly man in the head at a Dublin bar back on April 6. 

McGregor reportedly was buying shots of his Proper 12 whiskey for the bar patrons, and the man refused twice, leading to the strike. 

As often happens when McGregor makes news, Cormier was asked about his reaction to the incident. Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, offered his support and some advice to the UFC megastar. 

"Part of me doesn't even want to watch it, you know," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "I don't want to see a kid in Conor, he just has the world at his fingertips -- if this is true, I think it's time for the people in his life that really love him and care for him to just sit him down and have a conversation. Again, there's been a number of occasions where things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Sit him down and just kind of reel him in.

"Conor is a great guy," Cormier continued. "I spent time with him, he's a really, really good guy. He just needs to remember, it's not just him anymore. It's his kids, his wife and a legion of people that look up to him."

UFC president Dana White told TMZ that a lot of people get punched in Irish bars all the time, but McGregor still can't go around punching people.

[RELATED: Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with UFC 241 win]

There has been no legal action yet, and time will tell if the UFC and White take action.

As for Cormier, he beat Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July and now hopes to defend his title in Anaheim.