UFC 142 is shaping up to be a featherweight feast when the promotion returns for its second offering in Rio in less than six months.
Not only will UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defend his belt on his home turf against Chad Mendes, UFC president Dana White on Thursday announced that two more 145-pound contest have been verbally agreed to for Jan. 14 at the HSBC Arena in Rio. Yuri Alcantara faces Michihiro Omigawa and Felipe Arantes squares off with Antonio Carvalho.
Alcantara (26-3) last fought on the promotion’s return to Rio at UFC 134 in August. He won a decision over Arantes in what was the UFC debut of both fighters.
He’ll now put his 12-bout winning streak on the line against Omigawa (13-10-1), who recently scored his first win in the Octagon at UFC 138 in England.
Arantes (13-4) will look to erase memories of the loss to Alcantara against Carvalho (13-4), who will finally be making his Octagon debut.