The bantamweight division has always been exciting, but it’s been put on hold over the years with Dominick Cruz, the current champ, being out for so long due to numerous knee injuries.
Since Cruz has been out, Renan Barao was able to capture the interim title by defeating Urijah Faber in decisive fashion. Now, Faber has the chance to get back to the title if he can get a win over the always-dangerous Iuri Alcantara.
Faber vs. Alcantara is an important bout in the bantamweight division. Both are capable of putting on some exciting fights as each has a fan-friendly style. Coming into this fight, Faber is one of the most established guys in the lighter weight classes.
He is a well-rounded fighter that has cardio for days, which often helps him force his opponents out of their game plans. He has gone the distance with Cruz and Barao, and with the recent addition of his striking coach Duane Ludwig he may finally be putting all of his skills together.
Alcantara is not as well known as Faber, but is equally as dangerous. In his fighting career, he has over 22 finishes either by submission, KO, or TKO. He is also very experienced and has already fought in the UFC five times. On paper, this is a very dangerous fight for Faber, as Alcantara is great both standing and on the ground. A win over Faber would be his biggest to date, and would certainly make a good case for him to fight for the belt.