Iuri Alcântara

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Iuri Alcântara
Born Iuri Alcântara
(1980-08-04) August 4, 1980 (age 34)
Marajó, Brazil
Other names Marajó
Nationality Brazilian
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight (2013-current)
Featherweight (2011-2012)
Lightweight (2004-2010)
Welterweight (2010)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Soure, Pará, Brazil
Team Marajo Brothers Team
Wand Fight Team
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 31
By knockout 13
By submission 12
By decision 6
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Ildemar Alcântara, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Iuri Alcântara also known as Yuri Alcântara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈjuɾi awˈkɐ̃taɾɐ]; born August 4, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC bantamweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2004, Alcântara mostly fought in Brazil before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting to take part in their final event. He is the brother of fellow UFC fighter Ildemar Alcântara. As of September 29, 2014, he is #8 in official UFC bantamweight rankings.[1]

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Background and early career[edit]

Alcântara was born on the island of Marajó, Pará in Brazil. Incidentally, Alcântara takes his fighting nickname from the island and is billed as Iuri "Marajó" Alcântara.[2] Alcântara trains at the "Striker Team" team[3] and is managed by Wallid Ismail,[2] the owner of the Jungle Fight promotion[4] that Alcântara has competed in and won a championship.[3]

Alcântara's early career was spaced out considerably. His debut fight took place in March 2004 and he would not return until June 2005, where he won twice in the space of four months. Amongst Alcântara's wins was a grand prix tournament victory in November 2009, when he defeated two fighters in a single night.

Jungle Fight[edit]

Alcântara then joined his manager's promotion, Jungle Fight, to compete at the Jungle Fight 19 event against Viscardi Andrade. He went the distance with Andrade, something that had only happened once before in his career.[3] Alcântara won via split decision,[5] the first decision victory in his career.[3]

Following another win via armbar, outside of Jungle Fight,[3] Alcântara returned for the Jungle Fight 21 event to face Armando Gomes. Alcântara claimed another first round stoppage, when he ended the fight via TKO (punches).[6]

Alcântara entered into the lightweight grand prix at Jungle Fight 22. His opening round fight was against the highly touted, once undefeated Francisco Trinaldo. Trinaldo had previously been named as one of the top prospects in the sport of MMA, having defeated experienced veterans such as Luiz Firmino. Despite the reputation of his opponent, Alcântara was able to hand Trinaldo his first professional loss when he forced him to tap out to an armbar in the second round.

The win advanced Alcântara into the final where he faced the Peruvian Manuelo Morales. Alcântara ran through Morales, defeating him via TKO from a front kick to the body, in just 16 seconds of the opening round. With the win, Alcântara became the first ever Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion.[7]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Alcântara had signed a five-fight deal with Zuffa and that his debut would come at World Extreme Cagefighting's final event, WEC 53.[2] His opponent was Ricardo Lamas[2] and Alcântara won via KO in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, most WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[8]

Alcântara was expected to make his featherweight debut against Mackens Semerzier on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134[9] However, Semerzier was injured and was replaced on the card by UFC newcomer Antonio Carvalho.[10] Carvalho also was forced from the bout, with an injury, and replaced by Felipe Arantes.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Alcântara faced Michihiro Omigawa on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision after rocking Omigawa on several occasions and almost submitting him with an armbar.[13]

Alcântara faced promotional newcomer Hacran Dias on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147.[14] Dias defeated Alcântara via unanimous decision.

Alcântara was expected to drop to bantamweight and face George Roop on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping.[15] However, Roop was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Pedro Nobre.[16] After nearly finishing Nobre early in the first round with a submission attempt, the bout was declared a No Contest as Alcântara was ruled to have landed an inadvertent, but illegal strike to the back of Nobre’s head, rendering him unable to continue at 2:11 of round 1.[17]

Alcântara was expected to face Marcos Vinicius on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[18] However, Vinicius was forced out of the bout citing an injury.[19] He instead faced UFC newcomer Iliarde Santos and won the fight via first round TKO.[20]

Alcântara faced Urijah Faber on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[21] Despite having Faber in trouble early in the first round, Alcântara was unable to stop Faber's wrestling and relentless top game and lost a unanimous decision.[22]

Alcântara faced Wilson Reis on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[23] He won the fight via split decision.[24]

Alcântara faced Vaughan Lee on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.[25] He won the fight by KO early in the first round.[26]

Alcântara faced Russell Doane on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Alcântara is expected to face Frankie Saenz on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[29]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 31–5 (1) Russell Doane Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski September 13, 2014 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 30–5 (1) Vaughan Lee KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi May 31, 2014 1 0:25 Berlin, Germany
Win 29–5 (1) Wilson Reis Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss 28–5 (1) Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 28–4 (1) Iliarde Santos KO (punches) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 1 2:31 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
NC 27–4 (1) Pedro Nobre NC (punches to back of head) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 2:11 São Paulo, Brazil Bantamweight debut
Loss 27–4 Hacran Dias Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 27–3 Michihiro Omigawa Decision (unanimous) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 26–3 Felipe Arantes Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Featherweight Debut
Win 25–3 Ricardo Lamas KO (punches) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 1 3:26 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 24–3 Manuelo Morales TKO (front kick to the body) Jungle Fight 22 September 18, 2010 1 0:16 São Paulo, Brazil Won Jungle Fight Lightweight Championship
Win 23–3 Francisco Trinaldo Submission (armbar) Jungle Fight 22 September 18, 2010 2 N/A São Paulo, Brazil
Win 22–3 Francisco Mario Submission (kimura) Amazon Fight 4 August 13, 2010 3 0:28 Belem, Brazil
Win 21–3 Armando Gomes TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 21 July 31, 2010 1 N/A Natal, Brazil
Win 20–3 Joao Paulo Rodrigues Submission (armbar) Iron Man Championship 6 June 10, 2010 1 2:11 Belem, Brazil
Win 19–3 Viscardi Andrade Decision (split) Jungle Fight 19 - Warriors April 17, 2010 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Welterweight Bout
Win 18–3 Jackson Pontes Submission (triangle armbar) Iron Man Championship 5 March 11, 2010 1 0:42 Belem, Brazil
Win 17–3 Marinho Rocha Submission (triangle choke) Iron Man Championship 4 November 20, 2009 1 3:40 Belem, Brazil
Win 16–3 Jamil Silveira Submission (triangle choke) Leal Combat - Grand Prix November 5, 2009 1 0:45 Natal, Brazil Won the Leal Combat Lightweight Grand Prix
Win 15–3 Francisco Silva TKO (knee injury) Leal Combat - Grand Prix November 5, 2009 1 2:42 Natal, Brazil
Loss 14–3 Mauricio Reis Submission (kneebar) Minotauro Combat 1 October 3, 2009 1 0:49 Macapá, Brazil
Win 14–2 Alexandre Alcântara TKO (punches) Belem Open Fight 2 September 17, 2009 1 0:52 Macapá, Brazil
Win 13–2 Rafael Carvalho TKO (punches) Iron Man Championship 3 September 10, 2009 1 N/A Belem, Brazil
Win 12–2 Jimmy Nascimento TKO (punches) IMVT - Champions April 19, 2009 1 2:40 Belem, Brazil
Win 11–2 Carlos Aldenis TKO (punches) TVT - Tribus de Vale Tudo April 11, 2009 2 3:22 Santarém, Brazil
Win 10–2 Jimmy Nascimento TKO (punches) Iron Man Championship 2 March 19, 2009 1 1:30 Belem, Brazil
Win 9–2 Furdjel de Windt Decision (unanimous) Cage Fight Event - Rumble in the Jungle December 21, 2008 3 5:00 Paramaribo, Suriname
Loss 8–2 Henrique Mello Decision (unanimous) Fury FC - Fury Trials May 31, 2008 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Elielson Almeida Submission MF - Midway vs. Dinamite May 15, 2008 1 N/A Belem, Brazil
Win 7–1 Ronie Ronie Submission (rear-naked choke) DFC 2 - The Lightweights March 19, 2008 1 N/A Santarém, Brazil
Loss 6–1 Andre Luis Oliveira TKO (leg injury) Predador FC 4 - Kamae January 25, 2007 1 N/A Brazil
Win 6–0 Rerison Araujo Submission (armbar) MF - Midway Fight June 29, 2006 2 N/A Belem, Brazil
Win 5–0 Ivanildo Santos Submission (armbar) EcoFight 2 May 6, 2006 1 0:47 Macapá, Brazil
Win 4–0 Michel Addario TKO (punches) EcoFight 2 May 6, 2006 2 2:40 Macapá, Brazil
Win 3–0 Rafael Bastos KO (punches) Mega Combat Vale Tudo October 1, 2005 3 3:20 Belem, Brazil
Win 2–0 Renenson Costa Submission (armbar) Iron Man Vale Tudo 7 June 11, 2005 1 0:11 Macapá, Brazil
Win 1–0 José de Arimatéia Submission (armbar) Desafio de Gigantes 2 March 13, 2004 1 2:11 Macapá, Brazil



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