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Urijah Faber post-fight retirement speech at UFC on FOX 22 - 'I've got my Ph.D. in real life and I'm ready to go'

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A legend hung them up earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 17, 2016) at UFC on FOX 22 live on FOX from inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., as former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title challenger Urijah Faber made his final walk to the cage in front of his home crowd. It was quite the atmosphere, as "The California Kid" went out on a high note with a one-sided unanimous decision win over wily veteran Brad Pickett.

After the victory, Faber spoke with UFC color commentator Brian Stann inside of the Octagon to reflect on not only his performance, which included a huge knockdown in Round 1, but more importantly the last fight of his storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

"Sacramento, I love you," said Faber. "California, my family, everybody that loves me and supports me, thank you so much. This life experience has been amazing. I honestly feel like I've got my Ph.D. in real life and I'm ready to go forward like I just graduated and do some big things.

"It's such a surreal experience man. I love doing this, there's nothing like it in the world. But I'm ready to move forward and do some big things. I feel like I've had such a great road and thank you all for being a part of it."

With such a dominant performance over a proven fighter in Pickett, it seems crazy that Faber would hang it up when he's still an able bantamweight. But at 37 years of age and a long road ahead of him if he ever wants to get back into title contention, it seems like the perfect time for Faber to walk away on top of his game.

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