UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber doesn’t expect a ton of buzz relating to his UFC on FS 1 bout with Yuri Alcantara. After all, Alcantara is a relative unknown to casual fans given his lack of scoring a signature victory on a significant stage. However, Faber has no illusions about the level of skill Alcantara possesses and expects him to be a difficult draw.
Faber recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the double-edged sword of fighting an opponent like Alcantara where he explained…
“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.”
“It’s a tough match-up. I mean, the guy’s 28-4, and I’m 28-6. He’s fought at ’55, ’45 and ’35. He’s got solid standup and good jiu-jitsu. He’s got 12 finishes by knockout and 12 finishes by submission. It’s an even match.”
“At this point in my career, I’m fighting to put on amazing fights to climb the way to the top. This guy, they think the world of. And even though nobody knows who he is, it’s going to be a very tough and competitive fight. But I’m going to win.”
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