Urijah Faber to retire after December fight

UFC veteran Urijah Faber announced that his upcoming fight on December 17 will be his last.

Faber told “The MMA Hour” that his 14-year fighting career will come to an end after his fight against Brad Pickett in Sacramento at UFC on Fox 22.

“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” Faber said.

“And it just feels right to do it in [Sacramento] in this new arena," he said. "It just feels like the right time and the right place. I’ve been waiting for this new arena to be built, I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event and I can’t wait to do it in front of the people I love.”

Faber has lost three of his past four fights, but said his decision to retire was based on a loss of the passion to fight.

“I’ve been teetering with it for a long time,” Faber said. “The thing is that I’m lucky. Like I said, I have my health and I really love what I’m doing, but just as far as the passion goes, I have a passion for what I’m doing still, but it doesn’t get the same emotion [out of me] that it has in the past.”

The event will be the first UFC card in the 19,000-seat Golden 1 Center. And although it is to be Faber’s final fight, he plans to go into training up and coming fighters.

“I’ve loved just being a part of other people’s success,” Faber said. “I’m most excited about growing the next generation of fighters, bringing multiple belts back to the Sacramento area. And I want to go out with a massive win against a great opponent in my hometown.”