Although Urijah Faber doesn’t have much to gain in today’s bout with Iuri Alcantara from a ranking’s perspective, as the latter isn’t ranked in the top ten, the perennial contender has said he’s not looking past the bantamweight. If you recall what Alcantara did to Iliarde Santos at UFC on FX 8, coupled with the fact he also has a KO win over top ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas, you can understand why.
Despite Alcantara’s 28-4 record (and a 9-1 run in his last 10 bouts), he is fighting one of the planet’s best 135érs, so it’s not surprising to see he’s the consensus underdog going into UFC Fight Night 26. Now does this mean the Brazilian’s not certain he’s going to win today? Of course not. While speaking at this week’s open workouts, here’s some of what “Marajo” had to say about his chances against “The California Kid” (quotes through MMA Fighting.com).
“It’s going to be a tough fight, but I know I will win,” Alcantara said. “It’s going to be an awesome fight. We will give a show to the fans. I’m sure we are both ready to go. He is a great opponent, he likes to stand and is really explosive, and also has a good ground game. It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to show my work.”
“I have to get in there with a good strategy, be ready for everything,” he said. “I’m going for the knockout or a submission like always, but he’s really tough. I know he will be prepared, so I trained for a three-round war.”
It should a great bout, and if you’re curious, Alcantara is ranging from a +210 to +220 underdog on the betting lines. While it’s a dangerous fight for Faber, it should be noted that the former WEC champ has won every non-title fight he’s competed in.
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