NEWARK, N.J. -- Urijah (The California Kid) Faber recalls making $500 for his mixed martial arts debut in November 2003: $200 guaranteed, $200 for the win and $100 as his cut of the gate. The submission victory over Jay Valencia took just 82 seconds. "I loved it," Faber recalled. "My rent was $225 a month. I had a tiny little room in an apartment with a couple of my buddies. And it only took me a minute and a half for the fight and I was like man, this is awesome." More than seven years later, Faber is a former WEC featherweight champion with a record of 24-4. Now 31, he makes his UFC debut Saturday night against former WEC bantamweight title-holder Eddie Wineland at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center. Faber is also an entrepreneur. He owns two gyms in Sacramento and is planning a third, to serve as a private retreat for his Team Alpha Male fight squad. His Form Athletic clothing line was purchased by K-Swiss last July. Faber is also working on a motivational book and his website ( features a section called Eat Like a Champ, that offers healthy diet tips. And while the UFC hasnt confirmed it, a win Saturday night could net him a high-profile role as coach on "The Ultimate Fighter" and a grudge rematch against current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. The UFC is holding tryouts Monday for Season 14 of the reality TV show with the focus on bantamweights (135 pounds) and featherweights (145 pounds). Perhaps most impressively, Faber is a rare breed of a fighter who has more than retained his popularity and appeal since losing his title to Mike Brown in November 2008. "Hes got this likable personality, hes a fun guy," says UFC president Dana White. "Every time he fights, hes exciting. Its hard not to like Urijah Faber." Faber says the secret to his success is passion, hard work and surrounding himself with the right people. That includes friends and family. His sister, best friend Tommy and Tommys little brother are among those on his payroll. His father and stepfather also help out at times. Faber, who keeps lists of goals taped to his wall, has bought a group of houses in the same area over the years to house his help and business enterprises. "Ive got a lot of people that are close to me that help out. And thats one of my goals on (the lists on) my walls is to provide fun, healthy and lucrative jobs for my friends and family. And Ive been able to do that a little bit." A former walk-on who earned a wrestling scholarship at the University of California-Davis, Faber defended his WEC featherweight title five times before losing to Mike Brown. The five-foot-six Faber spun away from the fence, looking to land a flashy elbow strike. Instead he walked right into a punch and was put down. After defeating Jens Pulver, Faber lost the rematch with Brown in June 2009. He broke his right hand in the first round and injured the left later on, but still lasted five rounds. By the end, he was basically restricted to throwing kick and elbows. Two fights later, he was matched with Jose Aldo, the rising Brazilian star who had taken the featherweight title away from Brown. Aldo chopped away at Faber with punishing leg kicks, eventually winning by decision Faber promptly dropped down to bantamweight, submitting Takeya Mizugaki last time out. "I feel a little bit faster at 135 (bantamweight) and a little bit more powerful at 145 (featherweight), but very little difference really," he said. "I was only 2-3 pounds off my competition weight and I think that puts me at par with most of the guys at 135 and an advantage with some of them. "I never really had that at the 145-pound weight class. I was always giving up weight and was able to do well because Im an accomplished fighter but as far as having every advantage to win, I think now I have that advantage." 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Howard preserved his unbeaten record Tuesday by winning a 7-6 nailbiter over Switzerland before posting an 8-5 win over Denmark. Both opponents are playoff longshots but still gave Howard a stiff challenge ahead of upcoming games against powerhouse rinks Sweden and Scotland. The three-time world champion said the quality of opposition is so high at the competition that every game is a real test. "When other teams play well, you can only do so much," he said. "Everybody keeps thinking youre supposed to blow people out. You cant -- if the other team makes a lot of shots, thats the way it works. "The bottom line is you just try to make one more than the next guy and get those wins." Entering with a 1-4 record, Switzerlands Benoit Schwarz had nothing to lose against Howard. The 20-year-old vice-skip played like it and came tantalizingly close to an upset. Fuelled by a vocal contingent of about 1,000 local supporters at St. Jakobshalle, the host team forced an extra end before Howard won it with a final draw to the button. Howard shot just 74 per cent but teammates Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill each shot over 95 per cent. "Thats always been the key to our success," Howard said. "I really believe that. Very rarely will we ever have two guys falter. One guy might be down a little bit. But thats the key to our team -- one guy gets down and the other three pick him up." The Canadian skip then defeated Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark to improve to 7-0. Schwarz, who threw fourth stones after Swiss skip Jan Hauser, said it was quite intimidating to play one of the sports all-time greats. "I tried not to think about it," he said. "That almost worked." A matchup that looked like a gimme for Canada turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament. The young Swiss side almost pulled out a win in the 10th end when a triple takeout nearly scored two. The single point tied it but Howard used the hammer to his advantage in the extra end. "I thought we outcurled them the whole game but still I missed a couple of key ones and they made some great ones coming home," Howard said. "It ended up being a good, good finish. "Fortunately we had last rock in the extra end and we capitalized." The daunting task of facing the veteran Canadian rink didnt seem to faze Schwarz at all. The slight youngster, who won world junior gold in 2010, was remarkably composed throughout. If a shot didnt go his way, heed simply flip his shaggy mop of dark hair to the side and carry on.dddddddddddd Even the prospect of a game-ending time-clock violation didnt ruffle him. Schwarz was surveying the house before his final shot of the 10th end when his teammates frantically shouted at him to return to the other end of the sheet. He had a scant 25 seconds to get down the ice, grab the stone and throw one of the biggest shots of his life. A teammate furiously cleaned the rock while Schwarz raced to the hack. With the fans on edge, Schwarz took one last glance, got in position and released the stone with exactly three seconds left. He went for the victory and came about an inch away from getting it. "They called the style of game that they had nothing to lose," Howard said. "Very aggressive and I didnt see that coming." Switzerland took advantage of a poor Howard draw in the fourth end to score a pair and added a single in the eighth for a 5-4 lead. Canada fought back with two points in the ninth end before the late drama. "To lose by 10 points or in an extra end is the same," Schwarz said. "So for sure were a bit disappointed." Canada moved into sole possession of first place on a day when two of the contenders suffered losses. The United States crushed previously unbeaten Sweden 10-1 and France upset Scotland 5-3. But Scotland rallied to edge China 7-6 in 10 ends in the late draw to create a three-way tie for second with a 5-2 record. The Chinese and Sweden also have five wins, with the Swedes having lost two straight after dropping an 8-3 decision to Norway in late action. Norway and New Zealand are tied for fifth with 4-3 records. Round-robin play continues through Thursday night. The medal games are scheduled for Sunday. There were pockets of flag-waving Canadian fans throughout the 9,000-seat venue. A group of beaming Howard family members and friends let out a cheer from the top of the grandstand after the victories. Howard scored two points in the ninth end against Denmark and won it with a single in the 10th. His shooting improved to 86 per cent in the afternoon game, a significant jump from his Switzerland percentage. "I wasnt sharp today, I was a little fatigued," Howard said of his early effort. "I dont know if the jetlag was getting to me or not. The best news is my guys made everything in front of me. "They didnt waver and fortunately I made my last one. But the Swiss boys played really well." Canada shot 91 per cent as a team to 80 per cent for Switzerland. "I think every team can beat every other team," Schwarz said. "For sure there are some favourites like Sweden, Canada and Scotland. But in the end, in one game anything can happen." ' ' '