The award is bestowed upon a past Aggie student-athlete who has since enjoyed an outstanding athletics-related career since departing UC Davis.
Urijah FaberAs a University of California-Davis wrestler, Faber was a two-time NCAA championships qualifier in 2002 and 2003. Immediately upon graduation, Faber launched his successful professional mixed martial arts career which spanned thirteen years, with a 34-10 career record. Known as "The California Kid," Faber held the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title from March 2006 through November 2008, then enjoyed a heralded career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2010 until his retirement in 2016. Since hanging up the gloves, Faber has been welcomed into the UFC and Sherdog.com halls of fame.
Faber also served as an assistant coach to head coach Lennie Zalesky at UC-Davis for a number of years. In 2010, the school dropped its wrestling program -- along with women's rowing, men's swimming and diving and men's indoor track -- for budgetary reasons.
Faber is the sixth recipient of the Aggie Legacy Award since the accolade's inception in 2011. He follows football coach Chris Petersen (2011), triathlete Dave Scott (2012), football player/philanthropist Rolf Benirschke (2013), water polo coach Dante Dettamanti (2014) and football coach Paul Hackett (2016).
Urijah Faber will receive his Aggie Legacy Award as part of the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 28.