One of the UFC's Japanese fighters is being booked for a fight in Brazil, not Japan. Michihiro Omigawa, who finally picked up his first UFC win after four unsuccessful tries, will face off with Yuri Alcantara at UFC 142 according to UFC.com. The event takes place January 14th in the HSBC Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As stated above, Omigawa came into his bout with Jason Young at UFC 138 without a UFC win over two stints with the organization. The first stint came at lightweight in 2007-2008, where he lost two bouts by decision and was dropped by the organization. After a very successful run at featherweight in the Japanese organization Sengoku and a couple of other big wins, he was brought back into the UFC to meet Chad Mendes at UFC 126. He dropped a decision to Mendes, and also lost to Darren Elkins via decision at UFC 131. A decision win over Young breathed new life into his UFC career though, and now he's on his way to Brazil.
Alcantara is a former Jungle Fight lightweight champion who entered the WEC with a sparkling 24-3 record. He won his only WEC by knocking out Ricardo Lamas in the first round, then dropped to featherweight for his UFC debut against Felipe Arantes at UFC 134. He was again successful, beating Arantes by decision.
The bout is expected to take place on the preliminary card of UFC 142, which features a UFC featherweight title fight in the main event. Champion Jose Aldo will defend against Chad Mendes.