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UFC Fight Night 26: Urijah Faber Vs. Iuri Alcantara

Urijah Faber vs. Iuri Alcantara

Former WEC champion Urijah Faber (28-6) will look to remain perfect in non-title fights when he takes on Iuri Alcantara (28-4) in a bantamweight affair. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Just an insane reaction for Faber, who is easily one of the biggest fan favorites in all of MMA.

Round 1: Faber comes flying out, lands a right and goes for a takedown, but Alcantara tosses him to the side. Alcantara attacking, goes for an arm, but gives up a leg. Faber unable to secure the submission and Alcantara takes his back, getting in a hook and unloading. Loud chants in favor of Faber, but Alcantara is on top and hammering down with big rights. Alcantara working for a rear-naked choke, but Faber is defending like the seasoned veteran he is. A very weird start by Faber, who seemed over-aggressive. An uneasy feeling from the crowd, who seems to be unsure what to think. Here comes Faber with a transition, but Alcantara goes for a triangle. Faber steps through and is in the clear, and on top. Faber pins down the right arm, tries to advance, but is unable to. This fight kind of reminds me of the Frankie Edgar-Charles Oliveira bout last month. Faber gave Alcantara plenty of respect coming in, and he has now moved into the guard. “USA” chants break out in favor of “The California Kid.” The round ends with Faber reigning down punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 2: Faber with a head-kick that gets countered. Faber scores the takedown and the “USA” chants return for him. Alcantara pinned up against the fence, unable to work for any crazy submission attempts. Big knee to the body by Faber, who hints at going for a guillotine but works back inside the guard. Damage being done with short elbows to the face, as Alcantara has some facial wounds. Through three minutes, Faber is up 37-1 in strikes landed this round; not a bad advantage. You get the feeling the TD Garden might explode if Faber can score the finish. Alcantara tries for a reversal and allows Faber to hammer down with more punishment.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Faber

Round 3: These two have not slowed down a beat after 10-plus minutes, as Faber continues to control the action. Big takedown by Faber, as Alcantara tries to sweep him to his back. Faber working some nice ground-and-pound as we approach the two-minute mark. Alcantara hints at a possible armbar, but Faber notices and moves to a stronger position. The ref chimes in with a “work” request and Faber obliges, firing off several uncontested rights. Short elbow from Faber, who looks at the clock and sees just over a minute left. Alcantara with another armbar attempt, as he is trying everything he can to pull the upset. Faber’s arm bends awkwardly, but he is able to get it somewhat free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Urijah Faber def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)