The lineup for the UFC’s upcoming return to Rio de Janeiro grew by one bout today after the UFC announced a match-up between featherweights Michihiro Omigawa and Yuri Alcantara had been added to the January card. Both men are coming off recent decision wins inside the Octagon and will be looking to secure a spot as a potential title-contender in 2012 with a win.
News of the bout has been officially confirmed by the UFC.
Alcantara’s presence at the show should certainly thrill local fans as “Marajo” marks yet another Brazilian slated for action at UFC 142. The well-rounded 31-year old is 2-0 under the Zuffa banner and is currently on a twelve-fight winning streak including a victory in August at UFC 134. Holding an overall record of 26-3, Alcantara has shown himself to be a legitimate finisher with eleven TKOs and twelve submissions to his credit.
Though Omigawa is only 13-10-1, the popular Japanese grappler snapped a two-fight skid with a solid showing against Jason Young earlier this month at UFC 138. Other instances of in-ring success include triumphs against Cole Escovedo, Nam Phan, Marlon Sandro, and even top 145er Hatsu Hioki.
UFC 142 is headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo putting his belt on the line against undefeated wrestler Chad Mendes and also features former UFC title-holder Vitor Belfort against powerful pugilist Anthony Johnson.
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