Since this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 is stacked with plenty of big fights, the fact that Urijah Faber is scheduled to compete has kind of gotten lost in the mix. You know, the UFC’s #2 ranked bantamweight and former WEC featherweight champ, remember him? The renowned fighter is set to battle Yuri Alcantara on this Saturday’s main card, which also features monster bouts like “Shogun” Rua vs. Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne.
Now, part of the reason Faber’s fight has gotten glossed over a little bit, is because unlike “The California Kid”, Alcantara’s not a household name by MMA standards (at least in North America). As Faber rightfully noted at an open workout, however, this does not mean that fighting the veteran is going to be a walk in the park (quote courtesy MMA Fighting.com).
“Popularity-wise you can make a good case, but, I mean, Ricardo Lamas is ranked No. 3 in the world at 145, he knocked him out,” Faber said, while discussing whether Alcantara might be “overmatched” . “Omigawa he beat pretty decisively, so at the weight class he has one of the best records in the weight class and he has 24 finishes.”
Alcantara took out Lamas at WEC 53 in December, 2010, and proceeded to win two more bouts under the UFC banner, before he fell by unanimous decision to Hacran Dias at UFC 147 last summer. The loss to Dias ended the Brazilian’s 13 fight win streak, and marked the first time he had been defeated since 2009. That’s not a bad run. As Faber also noted, the 33 year-old’s win column is littered with stoppage and submission victories.
So, in other words, despite the fact Alcantara’s not ranked in the top ten bantamweight rankings yet, it sounds like Faber’s ready for a fight. It should be a good one.
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