‘Pato’ Out, Chute Boxe Prospect ‘Sertanejo’ in at UFC 134

By Marcelo Alonso Jul 14, 2011
Brazilian featherweight Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and will make his Octagon debut against countryman Yuri Alcantara at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro.

Chute Boxe Academy leader Rudimar Fedrigo confirmed his fighter’s UFC deal to Sherdog.com Thursday, adding that Arantes (Pictured, file photo) was already “training at a blistering pace and is ready for any challenge.”

Arantes takes the place of Canadian Antonio “Pato” Carvalho, though the reason for Carvalho’s withdrawal was not immediately known.

Arantes, whose nickname means “country person” in Portuguese, hails from Sao Paulo and trains under Diego Lima and Jorge “Macaco” Patino. The 23-year-old is unbeaten in his last nine starts, though an April title fight with “The Ultimate Fighter 12” alum Andy Main was ruled a no-contest after Arantes cracked Main with an illegal knee strike.

“For us, it’s a great joy to have a Chute Boxe representative at ‘UFC Rio,’” Arantes trainer Lima commented to Sherdog.com. “He’s been showing great performances in training and I’m sure everything will go well for him.”

An import from World Extreme Cagefighting, Alcantara will make his UFC and featherweight debuts against Arantes. The former Jungle Fight lightweight champion currently rides an 11-fight win streak, with only one decision in that span. Alcantara began his U.S. career impressively in December, knocking out Ricardo Lamas at WEC 53.

Headlined by a UFC middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and top contender Yushin Okami, UFC 134 takes place Aug. 27 at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
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