UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber remains comfortably retired, 'no temptation' to fight just because

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If you watched the “SnoopCast” alternate stream during the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series, then you’ve seen just how much Urijah Faber is enjoying retirement.

Faber, who hung up his gloves following a win over Brad Pickett last December, clearly had a great time providing a fresh spin on MMA commentary alongside Snoop Dogg for the inaugural eight-fight first season of DWCS. And it was apparent that he’s comfortable with life outside the octagon.

But still, the 38-year-old Faber recently told MMAjunkie Radio he could be lured back into the octagon, though he made it clear a return wouldn’t be possible just for the sake of it.

“There’d be a few scenarios where I would jump in there but not just ready to jump in for anybody obviously,” Faber said. “I mean, I absolutely am in tact with my mind and body, and I feel better than ever, having rested over half a year now under my belt. I’m staying busy, man. I’ve got a lot going on. I love a good fight, and I love a good story. As far as just wanting to jump in for the heck of it, there’s no temptation there.”

And why would there be? It’s not like Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) has anything to prove.

Although he never won a UFC title, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on the strength of his pre-UFC resume, which includes holding dual featherweight and bantamweight titles for WEC and King of the Cage, respectively.

Also keeping Faber satisfied is the number of projects that have kept him busy, not the least of which was filming alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for next year’s “Rampage” movie.

In short, don’t expect Faber back inside the octagon anytime soon – if ever again.

To hear more from Faber, watch the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2538 with guests Daniel Cormier, Urijah Faber

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Daniel Cormier and Urijah Faber.

Cormier co-hosted most of the show and covered topics that included rival light heavyweights Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson. Faber said he’s happy in retirement, but could be swayed to come back with the right matchup and pay day – even though he’s not actively looking for it.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or below.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Daniel Cormier (in studio) and Urijah Faber

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Daniel Cormier, who’s in studio, and Urijah Faber.

Cormier, the reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion, is our in-studio guest host. UFC Hall of Famer Faber helps us preview UFC 216.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Urijah Faber defends 'gentleman' and fellow DWCS commentator Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg may have angered a few fighters, but at least one UFC Hall of Famer still has his back.

The decision to bring the rapper on board as a commentator on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” was received with mixed reactions. While some praised the added comedic value and flavor, Snoop Dogg’s lack of knowledge of the sport, as well as somewhat indelicate comments about fighters, received some criticism.

The ambivalence turned to animosity last month, after the rapper went on an expletive-filled tirade against Conor McGregor after the UFC champ’s showdown with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. The Instagram video quickly gained steam, prompting UFC fighters like Matt Brown and Colby Covington to speak up.

But there is one MMA personality who’s still cool with Snoop Dogg. While retired fighter Urijah Faber may be a little biased after eight weeks of sharing the DWCS booth with the rapper, the UFC vet went on the rapper’s defense during a chat with “Submission Radio”.

“Man, I thought he (Snoop Dogg) did amazing,” Faber said. “The funny thing is, you know, what you get with Snoop is just a guy that’s being extremely real and passionate. It was cool. It was just a different type of eyeball on the fights. He’s a guy that’s just saying exactly what he sees. If a guy is laying on his back, he’s not thinking, ‘Oh, is he going to go for a knee bar?’ he’s thinking, ‘Why is the guy laying on his back?’

So he has a good knowledge of the sport from a spectator level. But it was fun to kind of teach him and just realize that like, this is just purely watching a fight with Snoop Dogg. Not him having to be biased, not him having to do this – even I made a joke that he was going to be banned from the first fight after the Conor McGregor fight because I think he was probably drunk and had said some stuff that pissed a bunch of people off.

“But, I mean, the guy’s just real, so I can appreciate that and I had a lot of fun. The way he treated me and other people was pretty great, he was a gentleman and as real as it gets.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez explains potential move to Team Alpha Male

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UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez’s quest to be the best could take soon him to Sacramento.

Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) aims to cross-train – and get some more sun – after several years in chilly Chicago.

The 24-year-old standout has checked out super gyms Alliance MMA, Kings MMA, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and Team Alpha Male. In the latter, he sees a good fit.

“I’m just looking around to see what is best for me, what’s the kind of training I’m looking for,” he said backstage during this past Saturday’s UFC 215 event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Rodriguez said he liked the work at Chicago’s VFS Academy, where he migrated after participating in a development program for Mexican fighters at the famed Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M. But in the end, the environment proved a little too harsh.

“When I’m in my house, I want to rest or mediate or go to the beach, and sometimes in Chicago that was really hard,” he said.

Rodriguez still trains with Donald Cerrone and could head back to the UFC welterweight’s “BMF” ranch as he prepares for a UFC Fight Night 118 headliner with fast-rising Darren Till.

Rodriguez said he could also return to Jackson-Wink, or even get in some work in Iowa, where UFC welterweight Mike Perry trains.

But the young upstart wants some different looks after a high-profile setback against ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. Team Alpha Male, which houses several top UFC fighters, including UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, is a leading contender.

“I’m just trying to see from an outside perspective where I’m failing,” Rodriguez said.

The UFC featherweight has yet to handle the details of the move, like where he’ll live. But he said there’s an open invitation from Team Alpha Male founderUrijah Faber for his start. The two met recently during a trip to Mexico City.

“It was in my plans anyways,” Rodriguez said. “But now that Urijah told me, it makes things a lot easier.

“I’m just looking for new air. New looks. More experience when it comes to partners. They have Cody there, (who) has a lot of experience. It’s because of that that I’m moving.”

“Painter” doesn’t plan to go it alone. He’s already asked Faber about possibly bringing striking coach Mike Valle to Team Alpha Male.

“In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some changes in my training camp and my life,” Rodriguez told MMAjunkie. “Big changes take a lot of effort and energy, but I’m willing to do it to get better and perform better in my next fights.”

To hear from Rodriguez on his future, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Did Mayweather vs. McGregor do 6.5 million PPV buys like Urijah Faber claims Dana White said?

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When he’s not sipping gin and juice or dodging Snoop Dogg’s vape pen, Urijah Faber apparently is getting fans the inside scoop on “The Money Fight.”

Tuesday on the set of Dana White’s Contender Series, the UFC Hall of Famer’s Instagram story captured the UFC president apparently giving the coveted pay-per-view buys number for Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

We can’t be sure what White said, since the feed – saved by MMAjunkie contributor Chamatkar Sandhu – started a little late. It starts at the point White says “million pay-per-view buys” without the total, but Faber’s words are crystal clear on the number he heard: 6.5 million.

If that’s true, the number obliterates the pay-per-view record set by Mayweather’s “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao, which did a reported 4.6 million buys.

At the $99.95 price point advertised for the high-definition feed, “The Money Fight” printed almost $650 million in revenue, or $50 million more than Mayweather-Pacquiao. Even if only half ordered the HD feed and the other did the standard feed for 89.95, it still comes out ahead by about $17 million.

Consider that number in the face of widespread piracy reported to siphon almost three million viewers, and it makes the number all the more impressive. Plus, it doesn’t even include the event’s live gate, sponsorship figures, or other ancillary revenue streams.

Now, all they have to do is split the dough.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) made a disclosed $30 million to lose a 10th-round TKO to Mayweather (50-0 boxing) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather, meanwhile, took home a disclosed $100 million. How much of that goes to the UFC, which signed on late as a co-promoter of the event alongside Mayweather Promotions, is the million-dollar question.

With technical difficulties causing massive outages on the UFC’s online network, a chunk of that money could be going back to the fans. Whatever the final number is, though, it’s gotta be big – and it couldn’t come at a better time with the MMA promotion struggling this year on pay-per-view.

If White’s big smile is any indication, it was a much-needed home run.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Watch as Snoop Dogg chills, smokes a blunt and calls Dana White 'Contender Series' premiere

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The sale of recreational marijuana in Nevada kicked off July 1, just in time for the premiere of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Why does that matter? Because Snoop Dogg, obviously.

The UFC made quite the splash when it announced Snoop, along with Urijah Faber, would be calling an alternate broadcast of “DWTNCS.” And with Nevada’s new law taking effect right before the July 11 premiere episode at UFC Gym in Las Vegas, let’s just say fighters in the octagon weren’t all that was getting lit up.

Check out the video above for highlights of Snoop and Faber on the call.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Urijah Faber content with legacy as Internet troll who called out best, didn't use PEDs

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LAS VEGAS – Newly inducted UFC Hall of Fame member Urijah Faber said he’s too busy to think about coming back to the octagon, even if thoughts of fighting still occupy his mind.

When someone lips off to him in the civilian world, he thinks about solving things with his fists.

But when it comes to his legacy, he’s satisfied with his contribution to the sport as a pioneer for lighter-weight UFC fighters.

When Faber was in his heyday, there were no opportunities for fighters below 170 pounds. So he took matters into his own hands – with a keyboard.

“I went around collecting belts,” Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) told MMAjunkie after his induction this past Thursday into the UFC Hall of Fame as a Modern Era fighter. “My hit list was me being a troll on the Internet, saying who they’re saying is the best guy in the world, and calling that guy out.”

Faber won belts in Gladiator Challenge and the WEC by fighting the best competition available at bantamweight and featherweight, putting the divisions on the map before the WEC was purchased by the UFC’s then-parent company Zuffa and later folded into the industry leader.

“I went around and collected belts in all the organizations,” Faber said. “There was no UFC for me. It wasn’t a reality – I helped get it there. I had a lot of (title) shots because I was beating all the top contenders.”

Although Faber was never able to take home a UFC belt, he is proud of the fact that he competed for so long at a high level. And in particular, he said, he did it without the aid of illegal substances.

“Never did one PED my whole life, and all the cheaters that are out there, shame on you,” he said. “I was a representative who went from the very beginning to the very end at the top of the world, and had a great time doing it.”

Watch Faber reflect on his UFC Hall of Fame induction in the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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A look at 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductees Maurice Smith, Kazushi Sakuraba, Joe Silva, Urijah Faber

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The UFC Hall of Fame officially has four new members.

The industry leader added Maurice Smith, Kazushi Sakuraba, Joe Silva and Urijah Faber and as its 2017 induction class during a ceremony on Thursday at Park Theater in Las Vegas.

The ceremony, hosted by UFC commentator Jon Anik, paid tribute to their accomplishments in the sport and served as part of the 2017 UFC International Fight Week.

The promotion announced the new additions earlier this year, but each new hall of famer got an extensive – and often whacky – introduction.

Don Frye, a 2016 inductee who’s back from a rough year of personal and health problems, got a ways off track introducing Sakuraba after spotting Miesha Tate in the audience, noting he’d bought a computer just to make her nude 2013 “ESPN the Magazine Body Issue” cover his screensaver.

“Get your pictures now! I’ll never be invited back here again,” he said.

UFC President Dana White tried to make light of the situation, cracking, “I didn’t know Don worked for FOX News. Miesha came in here and was like, ‘Well, these were great seats, huh?’”

But for the most part, it was a respectful gathering where the new entrants got a chance to take their due. Here’s a rundown of the new UFC Hall of Fame members:

Maurice Smith

Smith, 55, is the 13th fighter to join the Pioneer wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. A former professional kickboxer, he made his octagon debut at UFC 14 and immediately made his mark by defeating Mark Coleman for the heavyweight title. He defended it once, patenting the “sprawl-and-brawl” style that grew to prominence as the sport of MMA flourished. A decision loss to Randy Couture marked the end of his title run, and after a decision loss to Renato Sobral at UFC 28, he was out of the UFC. He formally retired from the sport in 2013 at 51.

Maurice Smith

Right off the bat, Smith (14-14 MMA, 4-3 UFC) corrected his professional record and said biographical information that claimed he was inspired by Bruce Lee was bunk. He first and foremost identified himself as a kickboxer who stumbled into MMA, later forming one of MMA’s first teams in “The Alliance.” He thanked fellow Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock for shaping his career and his opponents for making him a better fighter.

“Without all the people that helped me become who I am, there wouldn’t have been a Maurice Smith,” Smith said. “Without you fans, even though you fans are not my generation, this sport wouldn’t have grown to what it is.

“The UFC, the Fertittas, Dana White, Joe Silva – these guys put in their money and time to get you guys to come support us, to make a career for us to entertain you. It’s not all about me. It’s all of us, in a weird way. I need you to help pay my bills, and you need me to entertain you, and we need each other to make this sport grow. Even though I’m a kickboxer at heart, I became an MMA fighter.”

Kazushi Sakuraba

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Sakuraba, 47, is the 14th addition to the Pioneer class. Despite competing in the UFC on only two occasions, twice fighting Marcus “Conan” Silveira after a bad stoppage, he’s one of the most recognizable fighters in the sport’s history.

An icon in Japanese MMA, he was the first homegrown star in the now-defunct PRIDE FC organization, where he was dubbed “The Gracie Killer” for a series of triumphant wins over MMA’s first family. A 90-minute showdown with Royce Gracie remains one of his most iconic performances.

Kazushi Sakuraba

True to form, Sakuraba (26-17-1), who retired in 2015 after a loss to Shinya Aoki under the DREAM banner, walked to the UFC Hall of Fame podium in a mask and kimono.

“I can’t express how deeply moved I am to receive this honor,” he said. “Up to this point, I’ve lived a life without awards and titles. It’s been a little while since I won something, and it was the first prize in a bingo game.”

On his post-fight life, Sakuraba said he continues to pass on new techniques to the next generation of fighters. But he isn’t much for taking long trips across the globe to pick up awards.

Rather than see the sights of Las Vegas, he said, “I have a very important appointment downtown at a gentlemen’s club with Don Frye.”

Joe Silva

Silva, 51, is the fourth person to join the Contributors wing as the promotion’s long-running – and now-retired – matchmaker. Originally a consultant who had ideas on how to make the show better, he joined the UFC full time in the late 1990s, when the promotion was owned by Sephamore Entertainment Group. He booked more than 3,000 fights over 340 events around the globe. Less than one year after the promotion was sold to WME-IMG, he retired following UFC Fight Night 107 in March.

Silva said he still watches all the fights and texts UFC executives, adding he’s glad he’s not there to have to deal with it after 16 years on the job.

Joe Silva

So what’s he up to in retirement? Movies, music and martial arts – all the passions that drove him before he took the job.

“I know that (current UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard) will continue to make great fights in the years to come,” Silva said. “People ask me if I miss all the excitement, and really I don’t. Urijah Faber texted me and asked me how retirement is going. I told him it’s been four months, and I haven’t had a bad day yet.”

On Faber’s inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame, he quipped, “I guess they relaxed their height standards.”

Urijah Faber

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The third addition to the Modern Era wing of the UFC Hall of Fame, 38-year-old Faber got his start at events held on Native American reservations. As a smaller fighter, he struggled to find opportunities until UFC parent Zuffa purchased the WEC, where he was a longtime featherweight champion. He became the promotion’s first face and defended his belt five times until Mike Brown dethroned him.

Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) never again got his hands on gold, but he remained one of the sport’s biggest stars when the WEC folded into the UFC. He fought for a title four times in the octagon, most recently falling short to now ex-champ and rival Dominick Cruz. He retired this past December after a decision win over Brad Pickett in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., where he founded Team Alpha Male.

Urijah Faber

After an intro from his longtime teammates Joseph Benavidez and Cody Garbrandt, who showed off his bantamweight title as proof of an enduring legacy, Faber riffed on his auspicious start in the sport.

“I was the era of the hustler,” he said.

A $460 paycheck was the first big score that set Faber on the path to becoming a full-time fighter. Later, he snuck into a fight by impersonating a reporter to meet Dana White. Years later, he flew with White on the UFC’s private jet.

Now, Faber said his main focus is achieving the kind of success White has enjoyed. Although he could continue to fight, he feels his next contribution is centered around business and entertainment.

“Maybe I’ll get that itch again, but the honest truth is that I exhausted some title shots,” he said. “You may or may not have noticed that.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Snoop Dogg to commentate for 'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series' on UFC Fight Pass

Rap superstar and longtime fight fan Snoop Dogg will soon be calling live fights on UFC Fight Pass.

Snoop will sit alongside 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber for an alternate audio feed of the soon-to-debut “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” which kicks off on July 11 from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. The team’s commentary will serve as an alternate audio feed known as SnoopCast.

UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content Joe Carr today revealed the plans to ESPN.com.

“You’re starting to see it across sports,” Carr said. “If you watched March Madness coverage, once you get toward the Final Four, there are unique feeds, whether it’s a Duke channel or a Kentucky channel. I think people are starting to cater to different fan segments.

“It’s also an opportunity to broaden our appeal, broaden our fan base. Snoop is an entertainment icon. He might bring a totally different demographic in for us.”

“Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” is set for a debut run of eight episodes in eight consecutive weeks on UFC Fight Pass. Each episode features five fights between athletes hoping to land a contract with the UFC.

“I’m a big fan of UFC and (am) looking forward to joining the team to bring my unique take on all the action,” Snoop Dogg told ESPN.com. “Y’all in for a brand-new experience with Dogg on the mic.”

A more traditional commentary team is also expected to be added shortly.

The full card for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1” includes:

  • Matt Bessette vs. Kurt Holobaugh
  • Greg Rebello vs. Azunna Anyanwu
  • Boston Salmon vs. Ricky Turcios
  • Charles Byrd vs. Justin Jones
  • Joby Sanchez vs. Manny Vazquez

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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