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Urijah Faber teams with Sac State for combat sports development program

Jan 19, 2024, 11:56 AM

Sacramento State President Luke Wood (left) and MMA fighter Urijah Faber (right) introduce a combat...

Sacramento State President Luke Wood (left) and MMA fighter Urijah Faber (right) introduce a combat sports program at Sac State. (photo courtesy Sacramento State/Andrea Price)

(photo courtesy Sacramento State/Andrea Price)

Sacramento native and former UFC fighter Urijah Faber has helped bring combat sports to one area college.

On Thursday, Sacramento State President Luke Wood and Urijah Faber announced the creation of Combat U, also known officially as Combat Sports and Martial Arts University. The program, which is believed to be the first-ever university-backed development program for combat sports, gives students to train for combat sports competitions.

“Combat U participants will not only receive elite training, but will be on a strong educational path,” Faber said in a press release. “Whether they choose to pursue professional fighting careers or not, they will have the educational background to succeed.”

The UFC Hall of Famer will serve as the program’s executive coach, with current professional fighters set to serve as coaches, too, offering “professional-level instruction and competition opportunities in boxing, wrestling, muay thai, and jiu jitsu.”

Workouts begin in February 2024, but the program isn’t expected to launch for men and women until the fall semester.

“Combat athletes are some of the most dedicated and focused on the planet, but until now, fighters seeking professional careers have had to put their education on hold to pursue their dreams,” Wood said in a press release.

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