The lineup for the UFC’s return to Poland continues to fill out, and a welterweight matchup with two fighters in dire need of a win is the latest addition.
UFC officials today announced that Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will meet at UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place OCt. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The night’s full card streams live on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order has yet to be finalized.
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 Colby Covington and now finds himself looking to break a two-fight losing streak.
Meanwhile, 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 he now gets a third shot at picking up a first UFC win.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 now includes:
- Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
- Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
- Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
- Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
- Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
- Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
- Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
- Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead