A bantamweight brawl is Boston bound as “The California Kid” Urijah Faber meets lightning-fast finisher Yuri Alcantara. The showdown is scheduled to take place on Fox Sports 1’s big debut show on August 17, 2013, which is already looking like a stacked card from top to bottom. Faber will be looking to further make his mark on his 135-pound division while working his way one step closer to rematch the champion Dominick Cruz, or the interim champion Renan Barao.
Cruz has had a recurring knee injury that has kept him out of the Octagon for well over two years. When the interim belt was brought out, Faber and Barao went to battle for it. Barao got the nod from the judges. Then the California Kid returned to submit Ivan Menjivar quite easily at UFC 157 before going three hard rounds with the gritty Scott Jorgensen. A rear naked choke by Faber put an end to Jorgensen’s title hopes, further solidifying his spot as a top contender in the UFC bantamweight ranks.
Faber (28-6, 12-5 UFC) has found some traction in the division after back-to-back submission finishes. Now that the interim belt is no longer going to be on the line at UFC 161, the attention shifts Faber’s way. How do you like the matchmaking? Putting the California Kid against a red hot youngin’ is win-win. His opponent will definitely be trying to take his head off and make a name for himself. No matter who wins, it’s likely going to be a dynamic scrap with title implications on the line.
Alcantara (28-4, 4-1 UFC) is a classic Muay Thai/jiu-jitsu stylist whose 24 of 28 wins have been either via knockout or submission, making this a dangerous fight for Faber. Also, Alcantara has a knockout win over featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas. If he can keep the braided bantamweight star from bullying him around, there’s a good chance he can catch Faber with a straight punch or a quick knee, which would put him on a fast track to super stardom. Similar to Faber, Alcantara is a versatile finisher, so Faber has to stay fully alert both in the stand-up department and on the ground.
These two are all set to trade leather at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1 – no main event has been announced yet – although Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne are already booked. Joe Lauzon, who is also on the card, posted this photo on his Instagram that hints the lightweight title will be on the line with Benson Henderson facing top contender T.J. Grant., nothing is confirmed by the UFC yet.
This card is shaping out to be a real thriller. So strap on your seat belts if you’re a Bostonian, because it’s looking like the UFC is bringing a big card to an arena near you!