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Faber at center stage on promotion's biggest night

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer - Urijah Faber has his hat pulled low, mashing his unruly blond hair outward and emphasizing the distinctively deep cleft in his chin. Nobody recognizes him in a coffee shop nestled among several film studios and television network offices in this nexus of the entertainment business.

The scene is slightly different later in the day in Rosemead, a hardscrabble suburb of Los Angeles where Faber makes a public appearance at a gym. Hundreds of boisterous fans show up, eager for a moment with the world’s most popular lighter-weight mixed martial artist.