source: Ariel Helwani | mmafighting.com
The UFC has added a pair of intriguing featherweight fights to its return to Brazil.
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara and Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho have been added to UFC 142, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 14 in Brazil. An exact city and venue has yet to be announced.
Most considered Japan's Omigawa (13-10-1) a lock for the UFC's return to Japan in February, but after picking up his first UFC win earlier this month against Jason Young at UFC 138, the organization decided to book him against the 26-3 Alcantara, who defeated Felipe Arantes at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro.
Speaking of Arantes (13-4), he will look to rebound against the debuting Carvalho, who was supposed to fight Alcantara at UFC 134 before an injury forced him to pull out of the bout. Carvalho will enter the Octagon for the first time with an identical 13-4 record and has defeated the likes of Takeshi Inoue, Hatsu Hioki and Doug Evans en route to the UFC.
UFC 142 will be headlined by another pair of featherweights -- featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes -- as well as Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson.