Posted 7/4/07 4:41:00AM
How does a 145-pound grappler end up on top of another who's 250 pounds?
Scramble, scramble, scramble.
Like the majority of his countrymen, Brazilian featherweight Yuri Alcantara doesn't have roots in the American wrestling styles that have been so successful in MMA.
The 30-year-old UFC fighter said he practices a form of wrestling from his hometown of Marajo Island in northeast Brazil called "luta marajoara." It may not have the instant recognizability of Greco Roman, which he said it resembles. But it helps him when he's trying to outwit guys twice his size.
"It's different, so people may not know how to defend my takedowns," Alcantara told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "In a scramble, I may be taken down, but I end up on top."