Wanderlei Silva: A UFC Fight Night win for Yuri Alcantara ‘will be great for Brazil’

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UFC bantamweight Yuri Alcantara is getting set to face Urijah Faber this weekend at UFC Fight Night 26. To prepare for the tough match-up with “The California Kid,” Alcantara enlisted the help of an MMA legend.

Wanderlei Silva not only helped train the 135-pound fighter for Saturday’s card, he gave words of wisdom, as well as some advice to motivate.

“To have your hands raised at the end of this fight will be great for Brazil,” Silva told his fellow countryman in the video.

Alcantara, a 33-year-old veteran of more than 30 fights, will likely face his biggest challenge in Faber, and getting help from someone nicknamed “The Axe Murderer” sounds like a good plan when going into a tough fight.

Check out the video above and get a behind-the-scenes look at Alcantara’s preparation for UFC Fight Night 26. Also see the full fight card below.

UFC Fight Night 26
Shogun vs. Sonnen
August 17, 2013
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

Main Card:
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) vs. Chael Sonnen (27-13-1)
Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) vs. Travis Browne (14-1-1)
Urijah Faber (28-6) vs. Yuri Alcantara (28-4)
Matt Brown (17-11) vs. Mike Pyle (25-8-1)
Uriah Hall (7-3) vs. John Howard (20-8)
Joe Lauzon (22-8) vs. Michael Johnson (12-8)

Brad Pickett (23-7) vs. Michael McDonald (15-2)
Conor McGregor (13-2) vs. Max Holloway (7-2)
Mike Brown (26-8) vs. Steven Siler (22-10)
Diego Brandao (17-8) vs. Daniel Pineda (18-9)

Prelims on Facebook:
Manny Gamburyan (12-7) vs. Cole Miller (19-7)
Cody Donovan (8-2) vs. Ovince St. Preux (13-5)
Ramsey Nijem (8-3) vs. James Vick (4-0)

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