Faber: 'Nothing to gain' versus Alcantara


Urijah Faber is one of the most recognizable mixed martial arts athletes in the world. A former world champion who has been in more title fights and number one contender fights than most, Faber steps into strange terrority for his nexst bout. Although he agrees that his next opponent Yuri Alcantara is a tough test, the unfamiliar aspect is fighting someone with no name value and his opinion has no value for him in winning, except not to lose.

"The hard part on my side is, nobody knows who the heck he is and there's nothing really to gain," Faber said. "He's ranked No. 13 in the (UFC) rankings, and I'm ranked No. 3. He's a dangerous fight."

Faber and Alcantara are in the same No. 3 and 13 positions in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA bantamweight rankings, as well.

But rather than sit on the sidelines, Faber decided staying active and continuing to build a win streak is the best path toward another title shot.

"There wasn't much out there for me," Faber said. "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."

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Penetration Skills site profile image  

6/10/13 11:10 PM by Penetration Skills

seriously, is this guy never going to get a title shot?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/10/13 10:57 PM by MMALOGIC

look at the top contenders:Eddie Wineland and Raphael Assuncoa.Faber destroyed both those guys.Menjivar was also a top contender... faber ate him up as well.Alcantara is a very talented fighter but Faber demolishes everyone unless they are as good as Cruz or Barao.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

6/10/13 10:50 PM by FixedPartialArts

Nonsense, Alcantara could be Barao at 135 for all we know. He's lost once in Zuffa, and it was at a higher weight class than this.Also, age is going to catch up w/ Faber soon. He has a style heavily predicated on athleticism and he's 34. He hardly destroyed Old Guns in his last fight.You should not be so sure Faber will have an easy time here.

Dumbass JoeMimic site profile image  

6/10/13 10:50 PM by Dumbass JoeMimic

He's not going by the USA today rankings. He's probably not even in the ufc rankings. He's talking about the positives of the situation because out of the payday and keeping his name out there isn't many positives. He has to fight a super tough dude and again nobody outside of Hardcore people have a great us who Yuri is.

Poptarts site profile image  

6/10/13 10:48 PM by Poptarts

Yuri Alcantara is a sleeper and would put down most guys in the top 10 at Bantamweight. This is an amazing fight that will put Faber right up at the top as a number 1 contender along with Wineland and Assuncao. I think Wineland vs Assuncao for next crack at Cruz/Barao while Faber/Alcantara face Pickett/Mcdonald.

Joemacka site profile image  

6/10/13 10:43 PM by Joemacka

I would have preferred faber vs pickett

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/10/13 10:38 PM by MMALOGIC

Faber by destruction. Faber destroys everyone not named cruz or barao.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

6/10/13 10:09 PM by FixedPartialArts

That's bull. Alcantara is coming off an impressive performance, has only lost once in Zuffa, and has defeated guys like Lamas and Trinaldo. He gets some credit if he beats Alcantara. I actually give Yuri an edge.

Reed Rothchild site profile image  

6/10/13 9:48 PM by Reed Rothchild

The California Kid is going crush this guy...

GROUNDnLB site profile image  

6/10/13 9:39 PM by GROUNDnLB