Warlley Alves will stay on this week’s UFC card in Poland, and he’ll do so against a short-notice home-country replacement.
UFC welterweight newcomer Salim Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and will meet Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. MMAjunkie confirmed the booking with Touahri’s team following an initial report from Combate. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Featuring a headlining contest between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The 28-year-old Touahri has eight of his 10 career wins by stoppage ahead of his short-notice call-up to the UFC. He comes to the promotion riding a five-fight winning streak, four of which have come by knockout. When Touahri steps in the cage on Saturday, however, it will be his first fight in nearly a year.
Alves, 26, was the middleweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” though he immediately returned to the welterweight division for his next three contests, where he earned victories over Alan Jouban, Nordine Taleb and Colby Covington. However, Alves has struggled in his past two outings, suffering losses to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman and now finds himself looking to break a two-fight losing streak.
Wallhead, 37, is a longtime veteran of the European scene, competing professionally since 2005 and earning notable career wins over the likes of Igor Araujo, Che Mills, Frank Trigg and Joey Villasenor, among others. His persistence finally earned a UFC call in late 2016, but he’s since suffered back-to-back losses to Jessin Ayari and Luan Chagas, and was looking at a third shot at picking up a first UFC win. Now he’ll have to wait.
A timetable for Wallhead’s return was not immediately clear.
With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 currently includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET )