UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber knows UFC on FS 1 foe Yuri Alcantara is a difficult draw. He just doesn’t know what Alcantara looks like, and therein lays the problem given the importance of beating an opponent with name value when it comes to title-contendership.
“The face didn’t pop into my head when they said his name, but I remember seeing the guy fight, and he’s very tough. It’s a dangerous fight in a lot of ways for me, but that’s where I’m at in my career – where I’m not necessarily gaining a ton from this fight other than the fight itself,” confessed Faber in an interview with MMAJunkie. “The hard part on my side is, nobody knows who the heck he is and there’s nothing really to gain. He’s ranked #13 in the (UFC) rankings, and I’m ranked #3. He’s a dangerous fight.”
Though Faber isn’t necessarily jazzed about risking his run towards a championship clash against a relatively unknown opponent, “The California Kid” is focused on the positives produced by the pairing.
“There wasn’t much out there for me. So I can just be thankful I have a fight – I get paid when I have a fight, my name’s out there when I have a fight, I get to do what I love when I have a fight. So as long as I approach it like that – the thing to gain here is another win on my record and one step closer to getting that belt, which is my goal, and putting on a great show for the fans. That’s what this means,” concluded Faber.
UFC on FS 1 is scheduled for August 17 in Boston. The 28-6 Faber is coming off back-to-back submissions over Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar, while Alcantara holds an overall record of 28-4 with all but four of his wins featuring some form of finish.
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