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Richardson Moreira, Ildemar Alcantara move to middleweight for UFC 183 bout

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

One of the few The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 non-finalists to earn a chance inside the Octagon, Richardson Moreira will cut 30 pounds for his next UFC fight.

"Rick Monstro," who suffered a quick loss to Marcos Rogério de Lima in a heavyweight bout in May, will move down to 185 pounds and face Ildemar Alcantara at UFC 183 in Las Vegas on Jan. 31. The UFC announced the match-up on Monday.

Moreira (7-2) competed on the third TUF season in Brazil earlier this year, scoring first-round finishes over Alexandre Machado and Job Kleber before losing to Vitor Miranda in the semifinals. The Team Nogueira fighter, who weighed in at 216 for his UFC debut, now makes his debut at 185 pounds.

Alcantara (20-7), a former Jungle Fight middleweight champion, will finally fight in his original weight class in the UFC. After tapping Wagner Prado in his UFC debut at 205, "Marajo" cut all the way down to welterweight, going 2-2 at 170 pounds with wins over Leandro Silva and Albert Tumenov.

Headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, UFC 183 takes place in Las Vegas on Jan. 31. The other match-ups already official for the card are Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein and Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos.

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