Urijah Faber will step in to the octagon for the seventh time, when he faces off against Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FS1: Boston. In his 35th fight as a professional, Faber will be standing across the octagon from a very dangerous fighter.
Dangerous, as far as during the fight is concerned, but also a big threat to Faber’s clout. A loss to Alcantara could spell the beginning of the end to Faber’s illustrious career of fighting consistently top level guys.
Alcantara, on the other hand, has a lot to gain in this fight. Obviously extending his win streak to three would be great for Faber, but to have a name like Faber’s in the win column would be immensely positive for Yuri.
In the lead up to Saturday’s Bantamweight brawl, Faber has been speaking with MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant:
‘(Alcantara) has fought in bigger weight classes, he’s probably the biggest guy in the division right now. I think he has the most finishes too, half knockout and half submission.. I’m right up there with him……He’s dangerous and he means business when he gets in there to fight’
Its great to see that Faber isn’t overlooking Alcantara, we’ve seen that go so wrong for fighters in the past. Faber will likely be given another shot at the title when he returns, as long as he can keep a good win streak going while Dominator recovers and eventually faces Barao.
Faber then spoke about the title situation at BW:
‘I think (Cruz) deserves to comeback and be challenged right off the bat. I don’t think he should be stripped of the title, and I would expect the same, in the same situation.’
A level headed approach as he awaits his Saturday bout against a dangerous Alcantara (28-4). Check out the full interview and Faber’s pre fight workout below, and stay tuned for the live weigh ins tomorrow!