Like millions of gamers worldwide, Urijah Faber grew up hooked on "Street Fighter."
Unlike millions of gamers, Faber then went on to become almost as lethal with his fists as Ken and Ryu.
If only "The California Kid" could throw a fireball. (Hadouken!)
"When I look back at all the fighting games I used to play and then I think about what I do now, it's a trip," Faber says with a laugh as I get him on the phone to talk gaming and the UFC. "I always played as Ken. Those fireballs could help me out in the Octagon."
These days, Faber is not only one of the biggest draws in the UFC, he's about to make his fighting debut in January in the "UFC Undisputed" video game franchise (Xbox 360, PS3).
Says Faber: "It's really exciting. A lot of people have been asking me about it, and I've played the game before and love it, so I'm pretty pumped to go on there and beat some people up with my own action figure, with my own likeness. I grew up playing video games, and all my favorites were fighting games like 'Street Fighter' and 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!' I never could've imagined that one day I'd be in a video game. It's pretty cool."