Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Roger Hollett has withdrawn from his fight Wagner Prado at UFC on FX 7: "Belfort vs. Bisping," due to injury and now Ildemar Alcantara will face Prado on Jan. 19, 2013, at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Brazilian news outlet SporTV first reported the switch, with MMA Junkie confirming Hollett's injury in a follow-up report. UFC officials have yet to confirm the change to the Jan. 19, 2013, fight card, which goes down at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo.
Alcantara (17-5) has spent his entire 22-fight career competing in smaller organizations in Brazil, racking up (T)KO or submission finishes in 15 of his 17 wins. "Marajo" is the sibling of UFC featherweight Yuri Alcantara, who is also scheduled to compete at UFC on FX 7.
The native of Para has earned victories in 11 of his last 12 fights.
Prado (8-1, 1 NC) will attempt to earn his first UFC victory after a two-fight series with Phil Davis in 2012 left him with an 0-1, 1 "No Contest" record inside the Octagon. "Caldeirao" trains out of Team Nogueira under the tutelage of former UFC and PRIDE champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
The 25-year-old has defeated seven of his eight opponents by (T)KO.
The 205-pound contest is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the UFC on FX 7 card, which airs on FUEL TV and Facebook. The main card airs live on FX.
UFC on FX 7: "Belfort vs. Bisping" goes down Jan. 19, 2013 from the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A middleweight contenders bout serves as the main event as top 185-pound fighters Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping clash in a contest scheduled for five rounds.