Urijah Faber trains at Ultimate Fitness in Sacramento preparing for his UFC Bantamweight fight against Yuri Alcantara.
SACRAMENTO, CA - When Urijah Faber steps into the Octagon to face Yuri Alcantara at UFC Fight Night in Boston, he and Team Alpha Male Head Coach Duane Ludwig believe it is a fact that he will take home his third straight victory in the UFC.
"Urijah is going to choke him he is going to finish him, he is going to get him against the cage take his back and finish him," Ludwig told News10.
Ludwig answered the question without hestitation, and why not? Ever since his arrival as Head Coach in Sacramento, Team Alpha Male has gone undefeated in the UFC (10-0).
"Having Duane here has been awesome," said Faber who finished both Ivan Menjivar and Scott Jorgenson under the guidance of Ludwig. "In my last fight (Jorgenson) I threw a lot more knees than I ever have in a fight, and I feel more comfortable with my kicks."
Faber will face a tough veteran but somewhat unknown Alcantara (28-4) Saturday night. But even Faber (28-6) knows he needs to treat the Brazilian with respect if he wants to remain on top of the food chain of the UFC Bantamweight division.
"I have to get in there and fight and win," Faber told News10. "There is nothing that says Yuri is any better or worse than the champions (Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao), he is undefeated in the weight class, and I have to take this like a championship fight and that is how I train."
The question for Faber, if he wins, what is next for the "California Kid"? A title shot in the near future seems unlikely with the UFC Bantamweight in a bit of disaray. Cruz has not fought for nearly 2-years and is still out with an injury, and Barao has also battled an injury but is scheduled to fight Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 in late September. Cruz hopes to return in early 2014.
"There is a lot of turmoil going on in the weight class, but I don't let it mess with me I know what I have to do. But in my mind I am ready to step in and get that belt," Faber said.
Faber is part of UFC Fight Night on the new Fox Sports 1 channel in Boston. Coverage of the fights begins at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.