A bantamweight scrap between Iuri Alcantara and Luke Sanders took place during tonight’s UFC 209 prelims on FS1.
Round one begins and Alcantara scores a quick takedown but Sanders quickly reverses the position and gets back to his feet. Alcantara lands a looping left hand. He follows that up with a leg kick. Sanders lands a hard left hand and then another. Both men miss with wild right hands. Iuri scores with a left jab. He circles out and then charges forward with a combination. He scores with a left hook that opens up a cut on Sanders. Luke scores a takedown and instantly begins raining down some huge left hands. Iuri is bleeding now. Sanders is just relentless with these left hands. He switches to the right. Iuri scrambles but cannot get back to his feet. More huge shots from Sanders. Iuri is against the cage and trying to wall-walk. Luke continues to batter him with right hands and elbows. Alcantara is in all sorts of trouble. Luke Sanders throws a knee to the head of Iuri while Alcantara was clearly down. The referee instantly steps in and puts a halt to the action. Before we restart the referee deducts a point from Sanders. Alcantara connects with a hard shot before the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Alcantara lands a leaping left hook to start. Sanders shoots in but cannot secure a takedown. Iuri misses with a spinning kick but connects with a left hand. Luke presses forward and lands a left. Iuri circles out and then comes forward with a leg kick. Sanders catches him with a counter punch and then scores a takedown. Iuri quickly scrambles back to his feet but eats a combination for his troubles. Sanders lands a knee and then a couple of hard elbows while Alcantara is pressed against the cage. He drags Iuri back to the floor and begins raining down some hard shots. Iuri rolls for a knee bar and he has it. The submission is deep and Sanders is forced to tapout.
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