Urijah Faber Inks a New 8-Fight Deal with the UFC

Damon MartinContributor ISeptember 17, 2013

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17: Urijah Faber celebrates following his win against Iuri Alcantara in their bantamweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Urijah Faber will be a UFC competitor for many years to come after signing a new deal with the promotion on Tuesday.

The former WEC champion has been under the Zuffa umbrella for more than six years competing between his former home in the WEC and now for the last two-plus years in the UFC.

Faber signed a new eight-fight extension with the promotion on Tuesday ahead of his next fight, which is scheduled for December 14 in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., when he takes on Michael McDonald at UFC on Fox 9.

According to Faber's management team at MMA Incorporated, the California Kid inked the new UFC deal while also signing on for a new four-year deal with his management team as well.

Faber has been with MMA Inc for several years and has now joined a team of fighters under the management firm with names such as Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

"We are very excited to continue our work with Urijah and the UFC," Mike Roberts, founding member of MMA Inc, said on Tuesday. "I've been working with Urijah since the beginning so we are very happy to have him with us and can't wait to see what he does in his UFC career over the next few years."

Faber has been one of the biggest stars for the UFC since the implementation of the bantamweight division two years ago.

He's fought for the title on two occasions and also served as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter during its initial run on FX during Season 15 for the reality show.

Faber has also been lights out in recent performances, racking up three wins in a row. His last victory was over Iuri Alcantara by decision at UFC Fight Night 26 last month.

The former WEC champion may be able to earn another shot at the belt if he can defeat McDonald at UFC on Fox 9 in December. Faber is expected to pack in the crowd as he fights in his hometown for the sixth time in his career.

The fight with Faber and McDonald will serve as the co-main event with the lightweight title bout as Anthony Pettis defends his newly won belt against Josh Thomson.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted