UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber knows exactly how tough UFC Fight Night 26 foe Iuri Alcantara is. However, he’s not sure the average fan is as aware of the Brazilian’s bevy of abilities or success in the ring and therein lies the problem. Faber has been very vocal about his belief his bout with Alcantara is a losing proposition even if he wins based on his opponent’s lack of name value. Now it appears he’s prepared to speak up even more in the future as long as it means avoiding similar situations.
“I’m going to talk to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta and see if we can set up some super-fights. Maybe even go up to 145 (pounds) to do some stuff,” said Faber at this week’s open workouts in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie. “I feel like I need to be in some fights that really matter. Not that this one doesn’t – this guy’s very tough – but that people care about.”
“It’s all about looking back at my career and saying I fought the best guys. I’m not necessarily going to 145 – I’m just saying I want some big fights, and I’m going to see whatever I have to do to get them,” he concluded.
Faber didn’t go into detail as far as potential opponents but his desire to duke it out in high-profile pairings is clear.
As longtime MMA enthusiasts no doubt remember, “The California Kid” held WEC gold at 145 pounds and holds a handful of impressive wins in the division. He owns an overall record of 28-6 including seven knockouts and sixteen submissions.