Urijah Faber will clash with Yuri Alcantara this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 26, but he’s already looking towards his future match-ups. At a recent open workout in Boston, Faber expressed his desire for some “superfights,” even if it means he has to change weight classes to get them.
“I’m going to talk to Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] and see if we can set up some superfights,” he said. “Maybe even go up to 145 [pounds] to do some stuff. I feel like I need to be in some fights that really matter. Not that this one doesn’t, this guy’s very tough, but that people care about.”
Faber declined to mention any specific opponents he might have in mind, stating that he’s currently very focused on beating Alcantara. However, the 34-year old fighter believes that now is the time to push his career forward, and cement his legacy as a competitor. He’s even willing to move weight classes to get those opportunities.
“It’s all about looking back at my career and saying I fought the best guys,” Faber said. “I’m not necessarily going to 145 – I’m just saying I want some big fights, and I’m going to see whatever I have to do to get them.”
Urijah Faber has managed to stay near the top of his division since his move to bantamweight. However, losses to both the current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz as well as the interim champion Renan Barao have kept the belt out of his hands. Perhaps a change of weight classes is just the thing his career needs right now.
Faber is currently 34-6, and is coming off of back to back wins against Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar.
Yuri Alcantara is no pushover though, holding a 33-4 record and recently defeating Iliarde Santos at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold.
UFC Fight Night 26 will take place on Saturday, August 17 in Boston. It will be headlined by a match between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Chael Sonnen.