Fighter Iuri Alcantara didn’t waste any time in taking care of business at UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin. The talented Brazilian delivered an explosive effort against Vaughan Lee, destroying the English fighter in just 25 seconds. The No. 7 ranked bantamweight contender is bound to move up the ladder after the electrifying knockout win. Alcantara is now an impressive 30-5 with one no-contest and became the first fighter since 2007 to stop Lee via strikes.
The end came in sudden fashion when Lee was badly hurt after being tagged with a counter left to the temple by Alcantara as he looked to deliver a knee strike. The dazed Lee was subsequently nailed by a right uppercut and a series of follow-up strikes until the brief affair was halted.
Alcantara is now 5-2 with one no-contest in his UFC tenure and has rebounded with back-to-back victories since dropping a unanimous decision to Urijah Faber at Fight Night 26. The 33-year-old veteran has now produced 25 finishes by knockout or submission.
Alcantara has expressed an interest in a rematch against “The California Kid” in the hopes of getting a chance at revenge against Faber. It’s one of several attractive matchmaking options to consider in the wake of his highlight-reel effort. I’d like to see Alcantara matched up next against fellow Brazilian and top-10 contender Johnny Eduardo. The latter made a major statement of his own recently at Fight Night 40 when he blasted out former title challenger Eddie Wineland in the first round.
As for Lee, it was a tremendously disappointing setback after a strong performance against Nam Phan at the TUF China finale in March. He’s now just 3-4 in his UFC tenure.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.