UFC on FOX Sports 1 #1: Urijah Faber says no one knows Yuri Alcantara, but ‘old man’ Dominick Cruz can learn how to finish fights from him


Urijah Faber says he has “mixed feelings” about facing Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FOX Sports 1 this fall because fans don’t really know a whole lot about the Brazilian. Regardless, “The California Kid” is well aware of the dangers “Marajo” possesses, thanks to all the finishes on his record.

Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber is always down for a scrap.

Sometimes, it's stepping in on short notice, like he did this past April when he filled the main event void left by Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale. That's where he faced Scott Jorgensen just two months after defeating Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157.

Other times, it's facing relatively unknown, yet dangerous opponents, like Yuri Alcantara.

"The California Kid" and "Marajo" will collide in a bantamweight fight on Aug. 17, 2013 at UFC on Fox Sports 1. And while Faber is excited to be kicking things off for the debut of the new FOX Sports channel, he does have mixed feelings, because he's fighting someone no one really knows.

"I've got mixed feelings," said Urijah on UFC Tonight. "It's huge to be on the new channel for the first fight, but the opponent is someone nobody really knows about."

Yuri may not have the "name" recognition of many of today's top stars; however, with only one loss in his last 16 bouts, he has proven he is just as dangerous as many of today's 135-pound fighters.

It's a record Faber is fully aware of.

"I don't choose my fights. If someone asks me to fight in the Octagon, I have a hard time turning down fights," said Urijah. "Who am I to say he doesn't deserve it? He's 27-4 and he's got 24 finishes, 12 TKOs and 12 submissions. The guy has earned what he's got."

Should the former WEC champ get through the scrappy Brazilian, it will give him his third straight win since losing to current interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 149.

And after failing to win gold for the second time inside the Octagon, "The California Kid" isn't ready to give up on his quest for a title just yet and would love a chance to fight current 135-pound kingpin Dominick Cruz one more time.

An over-the-hill foe Faber says could learn a thing or two from Alcantara about finishing fights.

"I would love for that to happen," said Faber about another title fight. "Do we have a champ who's sturdy enough to stand up and fight? Right now we don't. We've got Renan Barao and old man Dominick Cruz, who could take a lesson from Yuri on getting some finishes in his career. We've got to get these guys healed up and to step in so I can beat them for a belt."

Cruz has been on the shelf for the better part of two years due to injury, while Barao was recently yanked from his UFC 161 headlining fight against Eddie Wineland due to a bum foot.

Once they are fit and able to return, Faber would love a crack at either of the two champs, but he first must get through a stiff test in Alcantara, who is looking to make a name for himself at the expense of one of the most popular fighters in the history of MMA.

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