Urijah Faber survived being knocked down in the third round and beat Brad Pickett by unanimous decision to win in the final fight of his career at UFC Fight Night on Saturday night.
The 37-year-old Faber, who announced earlier this year that this bout would be his last in his great UFC career, repeatedly took Pickett to the mat throughout the fight and scored with crisp, hard head shots that opened a gaping cut on the Englishman's left eye before Pickett landed a sharp straight left that put Faber down with 1:22 left in the third.
Faber quickly got to his feet and smiled before chasing Pickett down and trying for a final submission attempt as a raucous, near-sellout crowd at Golden 1 Center roared.
All three judges scored the fight 30-26 in favor of Faber.
The Faber-Pickett fight was part of the undercard. Strawweight contenders Paige VanZant, who lives and trains in Sacramento, and Michelle Waterson would face-off later in the main event.