If you are an active MMA fan or Jiu Jitsu fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said yourself “Man he submitted a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally submitted a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
For the first Tonnage of 2018 we look at Urijah Christopher “The California Kid” Faber. Faber was born on May 14, 1979 in Isla Vista, Ca. to Theo and Suzanne Faber. He has two siblings, an older brother named Ryan and a younger sister named Michaella.
Faber was a natural athlete from his high school days competing in both wrestling and football. During college, Faber wrestled for the University of California-Davis, earning a scholarship after one year. He finished out his junior year just one win shy of becoming UC Davis’s first All-American at 31-10.
After college he would begin his training for MMA. He would make his pro debut at Gladiator Challenge 20 on November 13, 2003. It wouldn’t take long for the newcomer to attract attention, stopping his opponent Jay Valencia in just one minute and twenty-two seconds via Guillotine. Two bouts later, he would be challenging for the GC bantamweight title vs. David Velasquez at GC 27.
Faber would take a unanimous decision victory over Velasquez making him the GC bantamweight champion. With only his third pro bout and already holding a strap, Faber’s popularity would begin to take hold as he founded Team Alpha Male in 2004. In his first title defense coming just two months later at GC 30, Faber would get a first round TKO over Del Hawkins successfully defending his new belt.
Faber would then debut in King Of The Cage, at KOTC 41, in their 145 lb. bantamweight division. Defeating Rami Boukai via majority decision would set him up for a shot at the KOTC bantanweight title. Less than two months later Faber would capture the belt. Defeating Eben Kaneshiro in the third round of their KOTC 44 title bout via submission due to strikes. Now holding both the KOTC and GC bantamweight belts at just 25 years old.
Faber would then defend the GC belt at GC 35 defeating David Granados in the first by RNC. Then his KOTC belt at KOTC: Mortal Sins where he would stop Hiroyuki Abe via cut in the third, both in the first half of 2005. Now Faber would face Tyson Griffin for his third GC title defense at GC 42. Griffin would get the TKO at five seconds into round three taking the bout, Faber’s bantamweight belt and his undefeated record. Faber would defend his KOTC belt once more in 2005 defeating Shawn Bias via submission in the first, then jump back to GC where he defeated Charles Bennett in the first via RNC.
Faber would now start off 2006 competing in a new promotion at TKO 24. The bout ended in controversy when his opponent Ivan Menjivar was disqualified due to a kick to a downed opponent. Faber would earn a shot in the WEC vs Cole Escovedo at WEC 19 for their featherweight title. Escovedo would not come out after the completion of round two after his corner stopped the fight. Faber now holding the WEC featherweight strap giving him titles in two weight divisions including his KOTC bantamweight title.
After defending his KOTC title for the third time against Charlie Valencia at KOTC: Predator, Faber would earn another shot at the GC bantamweight title. Faber would win the title for the second time at GC 51 where he defeated Naoya Uematsu via TKO in the second. Now holding titles in three separate organizations simultaneously. He would then take a one-off bout vs Enoch Wilson at FCP where he scored a doctor stoppage in the second. Faber would defend his KOTC title once more for the fourth time before vacating his KOTC and GC belts and signing exclusively with WEC after the Zuffa purchase at the end of 2006.
Faber would go on to defend his WEC featherweight title four times in 2007 defeating Joe Pearson (1st rnd. sub), Dominick Cruz (1st rnd. sub), Chance Farrar (1st rnd. Sub) and Jeff Curran (2nd rnd. Sub). Then after taking six months off Faber would return to face Jens Pulver at WEC 34 where they would battle for five full rounds with Faber getting the unanimous decision in his fifth consecutive title defense for the promotion.
Now Faber was set to face Mike Brown at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008. Riding a thirteen-fight winning streak with eleven finishes, Faber had a lot to back up in his sixth title defense. After two minutes Brown catches Faber with a huge right that lifted Faber off his feet. Brown jumped on the champ and after about fifteen seconds of massive ground and pound the ref stopped the bout. For the first time in four years Faber was strapless.
Just a few months after his second career loss, Faber would rematch Jens Pulver in the co-main event of WEC 38. This time picking up a quick first round Guillotine victory and earning a rematch with Brown. Attempting to become a two-time WEC featherweight champion just seven months after losing the belt. The bout would go much different this time however Faber would still lose dropping a unanimous decision to the new defending champ.
After taking half a year off, Faber would attempt to make another run at the featherweight belt now held by Jose Aldo. 15-1 Raphael Assuncao would be waiting for him across the cage at WEC 46 for his first bout of 2010. After a fairly dominant showing by Faber he would land the RNC toward the end of the third round earning a second shot at becoming a two-time WEC champ.
At WEC 48 Faber would face his toughest challenge yet, the defending champ Jose Aldo. After a dominant five rounds of destroying Faber’s legs with well-timed kicks, Aldo would get the unanimous decision. Faber would now drop in weight to 135 lbs. to take on Takeya Mizugaki in what would be his final WEC bout. With a first round RNC at WEC 52, Faber was now headed to his sixth home after ZUFFA folded the organization into the UFC.
Faber would win his UFC 128 debut vs Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision earning a shot at the UFC’s new bantamweight title vs Dominick Cruz. Cruz would take a unanimous decision and the title over Faber in their main event rematch bout of UFC 132. Faber would compete once more in 2011 defeating Brian Bowles via 2nd round Guillotine at UFC 139. Faber was now set to coach TUF vs Dominick Cruz on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. After being scheduled for a trilogy with Cruz following the show for the bantamweight title at UFC 148, Cruz would have to withdraw due to a torn ACL.
With Cruz on the sidelines, Faber would challenge 28-1 Renan Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title at UFC 149. Barao would get the unanimous decision pushing Faber’s second shot at UFC gold just out of reach in his only bout of 2012. Faber would enjoy a great 2013 with his first four-fight win streak since 2008. With submission victories over Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen and Michael McDonald highlighting his year, Faber would again earn a shot at the UFC bantamweight title.
Faber would get that shot in a rematch with reigning bantamweight champ Renan Barao at UFC 169. Barao would leave no doubt in the rematch scoring a first round TKO over Faber retaining his title. Faber would now compete on the preliminary card of UFC 175 for the first time in his WEC/UFC career. He would defeat Alex Caceres via third round submission and be set to welcome UFC newcomer Masanori Kanehara at UFC FN 52. A rib injury would force the former champ out of the bout.
Now on his last showing of 2014, Faber would secure a Bulldog Choke in the second round, getting the final stoppage of his career at UFC 181 over Francisco Rivera. Faber would then move up in weight to 145 lbs. for a lone showing since 2010, to face former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC FN 66. Faber would drop a unanimous decision to Edgar before rebounding with his own unanimous decision over Frankie Saenz at UFC 194.
Faber would now challenge Dominick Cruz in a rubber match at UFC 199, for his fourth shot at UFC gold. Faber would again fall short of his dream dropping a unanimous decision to Cruz. In his second bout of 2016, Faber would again drop a unanimous decision. This time to Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 before rebounding in his retirement bout at UFC on FOX 22, picking up the victory over Brad Pickett. On July 6, 2017, Faber was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame: Modern-era.
In his 44 fight career Faber has submitted 19 of his opponents totaling 2,686.9 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Francisco Rivera UFC 181 2nd rnd. Bulldog Choke @ 1:34 135 lbs.
Alex Caceres UFC 175 3rd rnd. RNC @ 1:09 135 lbs.
Michael McDonald UFC on FOX 9 2nd rnd. Guillotine @ 3:22 135.3 lbs.
Scott Jorgensen TUF 17 Finale 4th rnd. RNC @ 3:16 135.5 lbs.
Ivan Menjivar UFC 157 1st rnd. RNC @ 4:34 135.6 lbs.
Brian Bowles UFC 139 2nd rnd. Guillotine @ 1:27 136 lbs.
Takeya Mizugaki WEC 52 1st rnd. RNC @ 4:50 136 lbs.
Raphael Assuncao WEC 46 3rd rnd. RNC @ 3:49 146 lbs.
Jens Pulver WEC 38 1st rnd. Guillotine @ 1:34 146 lbs.
Jeff Curran WEC 31 2nd rnd. Guillotine @ 4:34 143.5 lbs.
Chance Farrar WEC 28 1st rnd. RNC @ 3:19 144 lbs.
Dominick Cruz WEC 26 1st rnd. Guillotine @ 1:38 144 lbs.
Joe Pearson WEC 25 1st rnd. Tap to Strikes @ 2:31 145 lbs.
Charlie Valencia KOTC Predator 1st rnd. RNC @ 3:09 145 lbs.
Charles Bennett GC 46 1st rnd. RNC @ 4:38 145 lbs.
Shawn Bias KOTC Execution Day 1st rnd. Guillotine @ 1:24 145 lbs.
David Granados GC 35 1st rnd. RNC @ 2:13 140 lbs.
Eben Kaneshiro KOTC 44 3rd rnd. Tap to Strikes @ 4:33 145 lbs.
Jay Valencia GC 20 1st rnd. Guillotine @ 1:22 150 lbs.
Which is your favorite Faber submission?
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