Brian Kelleher on Iuri Alcantara Bout: ‘I’m Going in There to Take His Spot’

Brian Kelleher
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) newcomer Brian Kelleher isn’t afraid of getting in the trenches right away.

Kelleher is set to make his UFC debut inside the┬áJeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s scheduled to face Iuri Alcantara on June 3 on the preliminary portion of UFC 212.

In a recent interview with Flo Combat, “Boom” said he’s glad he gets to face a top 15 ranked fighter in his debut for the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world:

“I think this is the best opportunity I could’ve gotten to be honest. I’m fighting No. [13] in the world, so I’m going in there to take his spot. That’s what I wanted. I’m 30 years old. I want the fast-track. I want to be the Donald Cerrone of the bantamweight division and stay active and make my way to the top.”

While it’s easy for a UFC first-timer to get caught up in the moment, Kelleher insists that he’s prepared for Alcantara.

“My focus is all on Iuri. He’s a really tough guy, he’s well-rounded, he has a lot of UFC fights and experience, and he’s coming off two wins. But that just motivates me to try to finish this guy.”

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