Faber (27-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC), a former WEC champion and recent UFC title contender, speaks openly about his odd childhood. Growing up in an arrangement similar to a Christian commune, he and his family favored raw foods and a unique approach to medicine.
"I have never taken an aspirin or a Tylenol or anything like that," he said. "When I had my hand surgery (in 2009), they put me out, and I think I had something there. But it's very, very far and few between. I've never had immunization shots, and I rarely use conventional medicine.
"I'm like a firm believer that if you have an ailment, there's a reason why," he said. "You don't treat the symptoms; you treat the ailment. If I have a headache, I don't want to cover that up and all the sudden not have a headache but for some reason my body wants me to have one to let me know to get some sleep or don't hit your head again or you're dehydrated. I feel like everything is a cue that you need to take of in a different fashion."
In his interview with MMA Junkie, he also explained that he doesn't mind his opponents smoking pot before fights.
"I don't really mind it," Faber said. "I don't think it's a performance-enhancing thing, and for that reason, if my opponent wants to smoke a bunch of weed, that's great for me. I don't think it helps at all. Go ahead, guys.
"I don't really do it myself. ... I'm not like a pothead or anything. That's probably the one part of 'The California Kid' nickname that can get misinterpreted. I'm not really a big advocate for it."
Faber also addressed his striking similarity in facial features to UFC star Liz Carmouche, who also happens to live in California.
"I guess I haven't really paid much attention to it, but maybe," Faber said of his resemblance to Carmouche. "I'm not a bad looking guy, but I am a guy."
No word yet on when Carmouche returns to the UFC octagon.