Yuri Alcantara (top) will make the drop to 145 pounds at UFC 134. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
World Extreme Cagefighting imports Mackens Semerzier and Yuri “Marajo” Alcantara are reportedly set for a featherweight tilt at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro.
Alcantara revealed the matchup to Brazilian website Tatame.com on Monday; the bout has not yet been officially announced by the promotion.
UFC 134, alternately dubbed “UFC Rio,” takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, marking the Octagon’s first trip to South America since 1998’s “Ultimate Brazil.” Expected to headline the event is a middleweight title clash between dominant champion Anderson Silva and the man responsible for the last loss on Silva’s record, Yushin Okami.
Semerzier, 30, burst onto the big stage with a shocking October 2009 triangle-choking of touted grappler Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 43. Following the upset, the former U.S. Marine went 0-3 in 2010, dropping consecutive bouts to Deividas Taurosevicius, Javier Vazquez and Cub Swanson. Despite the rough patch, “Mack da Menace” was transferred to the UFC when the two Zuffa-owned promotions merged; he rebounded in March with a first-round submission of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 participant Alex Caceres.
Hailing from the Amazonian isle of Marajo, Alcantara entered the Zuffa ranks on a 10-fight win streak, having won 18 of his previous 20 outings. The Jungle Fight lightweight champion made his WEC debut at 155 pounds, knocking out Ricardo Lamas at the promotion’s final show in December. Alcantara announced in March that he would cut to featherweight for his UFC debut and simultaneously began training with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.