Although Urijah Faber will face a tough test in the 28-4, Yuri Alcantara at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 card, “The California Kid’s” career is in a tricky place right now. Although Faber sits at #2 in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, since he’s already lost to interim champ Renan Barao and current champ Dominick Cruz (yes, he also beat Cruz way back in 2007), it remains to be seen what the promotion’s plans are for him.
Up first, he’ll have to get by Alcantara, but what’s the 34 year-old fighter thinking after that? While speaking at an open workout for the media recently, Faber revealed that he’s interested in moving up to 145 again, if the right opportunity comes his way (quote thanks to MMA Fighitng.com).
“I would like to have some big fights in the feature,” Faber said. “I’m going to talk to Dana and Lorenzo and see if we can set up some super fights. Maybe go up to 145 and do some stuff. I feel like I need to be in some fights that really matter. Kind of, but we’re focusing on my fight.”
Now if you’re thinking it sounds like Faber may be looking past Alcantara, the decorated vet also had this to say about his next opponent, and whether the Brazilian’s over matched.
“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. “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.”
It should be a great fight, even if Faber doesn’t have much to gain by facing a bantamweight currently not ranked in the top ten,
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