‘Pato’ Carvalho Replaces Semerzier, Faces Alcantara in Rio


Onetime Shooto standout Antonio Carvalho is headed to the Octagon. | Photo: Al Quintero/Sherdog.com


Yuri Alcantara will fight on home soil at UFC 134 against featherweight veteran and fellow UFC newcomer Antonio “Pato” Carvalho.

Sherdog.com learned of the matchup Wednesday from a source close to the bout. Despite an initial report that Carvalho was a replacement for Mackens Semerzier, a source informs Sherdog.com that the Alcantara-Semerzier bout was never agreed upon.

Headlined by a UFC middleweight title clash between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Yushin Okami, UFC 134 will emanate from HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Featuring a bevy of Brazilian talent, the card is also expected to showcase a heavyweight scrap between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brendan Schaub, as well as a 205-pound affair pitting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Forrest Griffin.

Fighting out of Belem, Brazil, Alcantara rides an 11-fight win streak into his UFC, and featherweight, debut. “Marajo” made his first and only appearance under the Zuffa banner in December at WEC 53, where he out Ricardo Lamas in the first round. Jungle Fight’s inaugural lightweight champion, Alcantara has finished all but two of his 24 career victims.

Carvalho, 32, will also make his Octagon debut at the event. The Canadian has won each of his last three contests, most recently outpointing Doug Evans on June 10 at the Score Fighting Series. “Pato” is a veteran of TKO and Shooto competition and holds notable wins over Hatsu Hioki, “Lion” Takeshi Inoue and Rumina Sato.

This item was updated June 16 at 1:55 a.m. ET to reflect new information obtained by Sherdog.com.

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