EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Urijah Faber On Alcantara Fight / Moving Back Up To Featherweight | BJPenn.com Radio
| UFC bantamweight top-contender Urijah Faber joined our boys Pedro Carrasco and George Mathews on a recent episode of BJPenn.com Radio. “The California Kid” had lots to talk about regarding his work with the first ever MMA Draft and Combine, the recent state of the UFC bantamweight division, and what he though about his upcoming fight with Yuri Alcantara at August 17ths UFC on FS1 debut. Here are some of the highlights of Faber’s interview with BJPenn.com Radio:
Urijah first addressed the situation he’s currently facing as he is preparing for an August 17th fight against Yuri Alcantara at UFC on Fox Sports1: 1. Alcantara is currently ranked #13 in the UFC bantamweight division and Faber sits at a dominant #3, but with the lack of ‘big-names’ in the division has left Faber is a tough spot. When asked why he took this fight he replied, “I take a fight like this because I’m a fighter. That’s what I do for a living. I’m not the person to tell anyone else what they do and do not deserve. You know? This is something that the biggest show on the planet has decided is a fair match-up, you know, a guy that’s 28-4 and a guy that’s 28-6 and we both have a ton of finishes. So this is a guys opportunity, it’s my opportunity also. I’m gonna go out there and put on a show. That’s what people love to watch me do and that’s what I’m going to do. So, every time I fight I feel like I gain fans. So That’s what I have to do.”
He also discussed the situation with him in the title hunt. When asked if he still felt he was the legitimate #1 contender in the UFC bantamweight division, which currently has two injured champions (Champion Cruz and Interim Champion Barao), he firmly stated, “I feel without a doubt. I’m already on paper, to the critics and the haters, and the people that love me and the media, whatever. I mean, I have a spot right now; its number 2 or number 3 in the world.” Faber is indeed at the top of every fan’s contention list but because Faber has already lost to both current champions in the division many people are skeptical of giving Faber another crack at it. But the proof is in the pudding and Urijah has been remarkable inside the cage in his last few outings. When asked if he got another title shot who he would rather get the rematch with Faber quickly replied, “I would take, definitely Cruz.”
Faber was then asked what he thought about the entire Cruz situation, with his prolonged ACL injury, and if he thought Cruz should be stripped of his title because of such a lengthy time away from fighting. Faber responded by saying, “I think they should leave his title. What are they going to do? Take the title away and then give it back? I mean, no one is going to want to watch him fight a bunch of chumps. You know? Once a guy is at the top of the world you don’t want to see him fight guys that aren’t the top of the world, you know?” He concluded, “It wouldn’t make sense to strip him.”
He then reflected on his most recent win over good-friend and fellow UFC bantamweight Scott Jorgensen. Faber explained the bitter-sweet feeling by saying, “It’s kind of weird, man. We have a lot to gain in these fights so, we both had a good fight and performed well so when you do that you can always hold your head high. But, you know, there’s monetary gain to that and he has family to think about and a future to think about as well. You know, it’s a little weird but we fight. That’s what we do.”
Faber briefly shifted the conversation back to the state of the UFC bantamweight division and where he stacked up amongst the rest of the talent. He explained, “To be honest, there just aren’t many names I our division so it’s always a bad situation for me.” Faber touched on the lack of star-power in the division by explaining, “It’s always unfortunate on my end to not have these big opponents because the fights don’t carry as much weight sometimes with the fans.”
“It’s just not as deep. Not talent wise, but notoriety wise.”
He went on to explain that although a fight against Alcantara is still a dangerous fight and will inch him closer to another title shot, he also fights for his love and the promotion of himself as an exciting, fan-favorite fighter. Faber stated, “Every time I fight at this point it’s not only something I really love to do and an opportunity to get closer to what I want, which is that belt. It’s also a commercial for who I am, the way I fight, the things that I endorse, and the people that support me.”
Urijah was then asked, in lieu of the lack of star-power currently residing in the bantamweight division, if we would ever consider going back up to his old weight-class of 145 lbs. Faber replied, “I wouldn’t turn down some interesting match-ups from the weight above. I’ve done that before and, you know, it’s not like I can’t compete there.”
However, Faber then went on to say that he has unfinished business in the 135 lbs division and explained, “I’d like to get the belt at 135 before I talk about taking any 45 pound fights, so that’s number one on my list.”
Urijah Faber will face Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FS1: 1 on August 17th in Boston, Massachusetts. Faber is likely two wins away from another title shot but Alcantara, although he’s ranked outside of the top 10, is a dangerous fight for anyone. Urijah will look to continue his winning ways with an impressive showing in Boston at the end of the summer. We thank Mr. Faber for taking the time to talk with our boys at BJPenn.com and we wish him the best of luck in his upcoming fight.
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