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Urijah Faber is a man of many firsts

Urijah Faber, from Sacramento, Calif., works out at

Urijah Faber, from Sacramento, Calif., works out at a gym in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, leading into his interim title fight at UFC 149. (July 18, 2012) Credit: AP

Fox Sports 1 launches Saturday with a live UFC event featuring an old pal: Urijah Faber.

Rather than list all the beginnings that have "The California Kid" as part of its history, let's let Faber do it for us.

"I've been at the launch of a bunch of different new stuff, from when Versus went from The Outdoor Network to Versus, to being the first pay-per-view fight for the WEC and the first bantamweight title fight pay-per-view for the UFC, then the first 'TUF' show on Fox networks, on and on and on."

And on to UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston against Iuri Alcantara.

Faber, a former WEC featherweight champion, is certainly no stranger to big moments in mixed martial arts. WEC debuted on Versus in 2007, with Faber headlining in a title defense against Chance Farrar.

The WEC pay-per-view debut in 2010 was a five-round fight against Jose Aldo, who won the fight, took the title and remains the 145-pound king three-plus years later in the UFC. Faber coached Season 15 of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2012, the first one to feature the lighter weight classes, the first to air on FX and the first (and only) to be aired in real time with live fights every Friday night.

So what's one more fight on one more network for one more premiere?

"I'm hoping that this is a huge deal," Faber said. "I really don't know until it actually happens, but from what I understand, it's going to be a big opportunity. I'm pumped to be a part of it. I feel like U'm one of those guys they put on big events like this to make sure the fights are exciting, so I'm going to do my part."

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