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Roger Hollett scratched, Wagner Prado vs. Ildemar Alcantara set for UFC on FX 7

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

by Adam Martin


Yet another injury has scratched yet another UFC fight.

According to the UFC, Canadian light heavyweight Roger Hollett has been injured and forced out of his scheduled bout against Brazilian Wagner Prado, which was set to go down next Saturday night at UFC on FX 7, which takes place live from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Hollett’s place will be Ildemar Alcantara, who takes this fight on very short notice in a higher weight class that what he normally fights at.

The bout is scheduled for the preliminary portion of UFC on FX 7.

Prado (8-1, 1 NC) most recently fought at UFC 153, losing via submission (anaconda choke) to one of the light heavyweight division’s best fighters in Phil Davis. It was his second fight against Davis in the UFC after their first bout at UFC on FOX 4 ended via No Contest due to an eye poke. Prado is a heavy-handed individual who has seven T/KOs but he needs to work on his takedown defence if he plans on succeeding in the UFC.

Alcantara (17-5) has fought his whole career in Brazil and makes his UFC debut on home soil but on short notice. Out of his 17 wins, 10 have come via T/KO and five have come via submission, meaning he’s a true finisher. However, he will be undersized in this bout because he normally competes at middleweight and is taking this light heavyweight bout as his ticket to get into the UFC. By the way, his brother Yuri Alcantara is a UFC bantamweight.

UFC on FX 7 is headlined by a middleweight tilt between Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort and is co-main evented by C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian.

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