Gladiator Challenge Newsletter

Former GC Champ Urijah Faber To Finally Make UFC Debut



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Eight-time Gladiator Challenge vet Urijah Faber is now set to make his long-awaited UFC debut. The

promotion announced that Faber will face fellow former WEC champion Eddie Wineland in the co-main event

of UFC 128 on Saturday, March 19th in New Jersey. The fight world is abuzz about finally seeing "The

California Kid" fight on the biggest stage in MMA. It's been a long time coming.


Faber made his pro debut in 2003 for Gladiator Challenge. He ran off nine straight wins, including five in GC.

Then, he ran into Tyson Griffin. In a barnburner of a fight, the two went back and forth until the 3rd round,

when Griffin nailed Faber and earned the TKO win. They say fighters learn more from their losses than their

wins, and Faber certainly came back strong. He went on to win his next thirteen fights in a row, including

his last two bouts in GC. In the WEC, Faber became the WEC Featherweight Champion, and established

himself as the biggest star in that promotion. Now, due to the WEC/UFC merger, he'll have a chance to

make the same mark on the UFC.


"The California Kid" is just another example of the importance of promotions like Gladiator Challenge.

Without it, fighters like Faber and Griffin wouldn't have the opportunity to develop their games. The GC

faithful, loyal to their favorites, are sure to be rooting Faber on at UFC 128.


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For additional information please contact:

Phil Lanides, Publicist -

Tedd Williams, Owner/Promoter –


Gladiator Challenge is a world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion established in 1999 by Tedd

Williams. A former UFC fighter, Williams is a former national AAU Sambo Champion (1997), a former

California State Judo Champion (4th Degree Black Belt under “Judo” Gene Lebell) and a former college All-

American wrestler (Cerritos Jr. College, 1988-89). Gladiator Challenge runs 12-18 MMA events per year,

and has featured MMA superstars Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, James

Irvin, Tyson Griffin, Dan “The Beast” Severn, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith, “The

Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Mac Danzig, Jerry Bohlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles

Bennett, Chris Leben, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt, Nate “The Rock”

Quarr y, Jason “The Punisher” Lambert, Bobby “The Bad Seed” Hoffman, and Cal Worsham, among many

others. Gladiator Challenge can be found online at




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