Iuri Alcantara has not fought since his decision loss to top ranked Bantamweight Urijah Faber, but all of that will change when he faces off with Wilson Reis at UFN 36. The event takes place at the Jaragua Arena in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil on February 15th, 2014. The event is headlined by a pivotal Middleweight fight between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi.
Alcantara has had his ups and downs since joining the Zuffa banner.
He won three straight at 145 until he ran into Hacran Dias at UFC 147 which sent him down a weight class after the loss. He turned into a finisher in that division defeating his first two opponents in the first round by TKO, although one was overturned, and nearly did the same to Faber in their fight. Alcantara had Faber hurt bad, but he could not finish the veteran and ultimately lost the fight due to cardio. It may have been too big of a step up in competition at the time, but Reis will be able to tell us if he is top ten material or not.
Reis’ success in the sport came fast and that ultimately was his downfall. In Elite XC, he won the Bantamweight title by talking out the likes of Bryan Caraway, Zach Makovsky, and Abel Cullum. He tried to parlay that success when he entered the Bellator tournaments, but failed four times to even make it to the finals of one. After being dropped by Bellator, he won four straight fights, with three submission victories, and that lead to a late replacement bout in the Octagon. Not many people gave him a shot of beating top ten ranked Ivan Menjivar, but he used his ground control and submission skills to steal the win.
With their respective performances against Faber and Menjivar both of these fighters are on the cusp of the top ten, but they need a win in this fight to prove it.
Who will take the open spot at 135 with Scott Jorgensen leaving the division for Flyweight?