August 4, 1980
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|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|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
Mixed Martial Arts career
Background and early career
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. Alcântara trains at the "Striker Team" team and is managed by Wallid Ismail, the owner of the Jungle Fight promotion that Alcântara has competed in and won a championship.
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.
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. Alcântara won via split decision, the first decision victory in his career.
Following another win via armbar, outside of Jungle Fight, 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).
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.
World Extreme Cagefighting
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. His opponent was Ricardo Lamas and Alcântara won via KO in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Alcântara was expected to make his featherweight debut against Mackens Semerzier on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134 However, Semerzier was injured and was replaced on the card by UFC newcomer Antonio Carvalho. Carvalho also was forced from the bout, with an injury, and replaced by Felipe Arantes. He won the fight 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. However, Roop was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Pedro Nobre. 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.
Alcântara was expected to face Marcos Vinicius on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. However, Vinicius was forced out of the bout citing an injury. He instead faced UFC newcomer Iliarde Santos and won the fight via first round TKO.
Alcântara faced Urijah Faber on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||31 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||31–6 (1)||Frankie Saenz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir||February 22, 2015||3||5:00||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|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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- "Iuri Alcantara - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
- UFC Fighter Rankings
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