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Alcantara looking to ‘go back to my place’ in UFC top 15 ranks

Closeup of a glove and the UFC logo at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 on Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Iuri Alcantara dazzled MMA fans with his performance at UFC 204, and he hopes it gets him right back on track to fighting ranked fighters and making his own way up the UFC rankings.

Alcantara took on WEC and UFC veteran Brad Pickett in the preliminary main event of the Manchester, England card.

The fight lasted less than two minutes as early on Alcantara landed a nasty spinning back-elbow, which he followed up with ground-and-pound.

He went for the submission, and as Pickett tried several escapes, Alcantara seamlessly transitioned multiple times before sinking in a triangle choke to get the victory.

According to Alcantara, it was all part of his plan; he wanted to go out there and get the job done quick so he could fight more this year.

“I trained really hard for this,” Alcantara said, via MMAjunkie. “I trained to finish the fight quickly. I want to fight a lot this year still, so my focus was to come here, do a good job, and finish fast.

“I knew I had a tough opponent in front of me. But I studied him a lot, I knew the holes in his game, I knew that the spinning back (elbow) would land. Thankfully it worked and I was able to finish the fight on the ground.”

Alcantara has been fighting in the UFC since 2011, but an inconsistent record, except for 2014 where he went 3-0, has largely kept him away from top competition.

With the impressive victory over a name like Pickett though, he hopes for a ranked fighter next.

“I hope the UFC gives me a top-15 opponent so I can go back to my place, where I shouldn’t have left,” Alcantara said. “So that’s the goal, I’m training very hard to get back to the top-15.”

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