BOSTON -- Somewhere around the middle of round one, Urijah Faber had enough.
The former WEC featherweight champion got off to a slow start in his bantamweight bout against Iuri Alcantara on Saturday night. Alcantara scored an early throw and got the best of Faber for the first half of the round.
But then Faber picked up Alcantara for a huge slam, and the fight turned from there. The rest of the bout was a vintage, all-action Urijah Faber performance, as he outworked Alcantara for a win at TD Garden. Judges' scores were 30-26, 30-26, and 30-27.
"I think he might have discloated my jaw in that first sequence and I felt a sense of urgency," Faber said.
The win means Faber (29-6) has now won three consecutive fights in 2013, following last year's loss to Renan Barao in an interim bantamweight title fight.
After the midpoint of the first round, Faber outgrappled Alcantara (28-5, 1 NC) the rest of the way. For much of the second and third rounds, Faber would score a takedown, then rain down a seemingly endless procession of elbows.
Alcantara threw a late scare into Faber with a slick armbar, but Faber maneuvered out and sealed the victory.
"A guy like that is a true warrior," Faber said. "I decided to use my skill level and conditioning and I got him."