Felipe Arantes out, Debuting Brian Kelleher In Against Iuri Alcantara at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro
By: Jordan Breen May 15, 2017
Alcantara isn't getting the opponent most expected, but
“Marajo” now has an official booking in his native Brazil.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced that
Alcantara will take on newly-signed Ring of Combat standout
Kelleher at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It
will be the 15th UFC bout for Alcantara and the promotional debut
Alcantara, 36, was briefly linked to a rematch with fellow
Brazilian “Sertanejo” Felipe
Arantes for the card, but Arantes pulled out of the bout for
undisclosed reasons. The native of Para, Brazil has pulled off two
rousing submissions in a row, styling on now-retired Brad
Pickett before finishing him via triangle choke last October,
then overcoming an early beating from previously unbeaten Luke
Sanders before nabbing a second-round kneebar.
The 30-year-old Kelleher is a product of Team Bombsquad in
Cortland, New York, the same team that developed former UFC light
heavyweight champion Jon Jones and
bantamweight contender Aljamain
Sterling. Since enduring a 1-4 stint three years ago, “Boom”
has won six in a row, including a pair of wins over ROC
bantamweight champ Julio Arce.
Unfortunately, Kelleher missed the 135-pound limit for bout Arce
fights and did not win the promotion's title.