11 Fights Signed for UFC 134 on Aug. 27

By Brian Knapp Jul 8, 2011
Yuri Alcantara will meet fellow Octagon rookie and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Antonio Carvalho in a preliminary featherweight matchup at UFC 134 “Silva vs. Okami” on Aug. 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eleven fights are now official for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.

Alcantara (25-3, 0-0 UFC) has rattled off 11 consecutive victories, 10 of them finishes. He last appeared at WEC 53 in December, when he stopped Ricardo Lamas on first-round punches at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. A potent finisher and former Jungle Fight champion, Alcantara has secured 23 of his 25 professional wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He has 11-, 16-, 28-, 42-, 45-, 47- and 90-second finishes on his resume.

Carvalho (13-4, 0-0 UFC) will carry a three-fight winning streak into his promotional debut. The 32-year-old last fought in June, when he defeated UFC veteran Douglas Evans by unanimous decision under the Score Fighting Series banner at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Carvalho (Pictured; file photo) owns notable victories against the world-ranked Hatsu Hioki, former Shooto champion “Lion” Takeshi Inoue and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Brian Geraghty.

Meanwhile, Team Quest representative Ian Loveland will lock horns with WEC transfer Yves Jabouin in a preliminary duel at 135 pounds.

Loveland (14-8, 1-1 UFC) has won seven of his past eight fights. The 27-year-old Gresham, Ore., native last competed at UFC 128 in March, when he dropped a unanimous decision to former WEC bantamweight title contender Joseph Benavidez at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Six of Loveland’s eight career defeats have come via submission.

An explosive standup fighter, Jabouin has recorded 11 of his 15 professional wins by knockout or technical knockout. The 32-year-old Haitian-born Canadian last appeared at UFC 129 in April, when he succumbed to a flying triangle choke from Pablo Garza at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Jabouin trains under Firas Zahabi at the Tristar Gym in Montreal.

UFC 134 will mark the promotion’s first trip to Brazil in more than a decade. The event will feature a middleweight title bout between longtime champion Anderson Silva and world-ranked challenger Yushin Okami. The 29-year-old Okami defeated Silva by disqualification at a Rumble on the Rock show in 2006. Silva has 14 consecutive fights since.

UFC 134 “Silva vs. Okami”
Saturday, Aug. 27
HSBC Arena
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UFC Middleweight Championship
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. vs. Ross Pearson
Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
Mike Swick vs. Erick Silva
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Yuri Alcantara vs. Antonio Carvalho
Ian Loveland vs. Yves Jabouin

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