Chances are most MMA fans couldn’t pick UFC bantamweight Yuri Alcantara out of a police lineup despite the Brazilian finisher possessing a 28-4 record with 24 stoppages. In fact, Alcantara’s next opponent – Urijah Faber– recently admitted he had a hard time placing a face with his foe’s name.
Faber elaborated on his opinion during an interview with UFC Tonight where he admitted he isn’t particularly pumped about facing Alcantara but finds the idea of competing at UFC on FS 1 is extremely appealing.
“I’ve got mixed feelings. It’s a huge event to be on this new channel that they’re gonna be pumping a ton of endorsement and cash (into)…but really, the opponent, nobody really knows,” explained Faber.
While Faber’s honest response might indicate “The California Kid” isn’t taking Alcantara as seriously as he might against a different adversary, the 34-year old dismissed such notions by acknowledging the stakes at hand.
“My pressure is this – bodily harm,” stated Faber. “I’m stepping into a cage to fight some guy from a different country who wants to beat me up. I’m not gonna let that happen. Period.”
The 28-6 Faber will be looking for his third straight win when he locks horns with Alcantara. Like Alcantara, the bulk of his victories have occurred without the influence of scorecards (sixteen submissions/seven TKOs).
The full interview with Faber can be seen below: