Poland's Salim Touahri replaces Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118

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)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET )

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jim Wallhead out at UFC Fight Night 118, promotion seeks new foe for Warlley Alves

British vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, and matchmakers are seeking a new opponent for Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed the Wallhead injury with UFC officials.

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.

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.

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 was looking at a third shot at picking up a first UFC win.

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)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET )

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. opponent TBA
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead added to UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

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

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 212 medical suspensions: Johnny Eduardo possibly out 6 months with foot fracture

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Two fighters from this past weekend’s UFC 212 event received medical suspensions that could last up to six months.

The Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) – the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – on Monday sent the list of suspensions to MMAjunkie.

UFC 212 took place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Johnny Eduardo (28-11 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who suffered a first-round TKO loss to bantamweight Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the FS1 prelims, as well as Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who suffered a submission loss to welterweight Luan Chagas (15-2-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass prelims, both could be out of action for six months.

However, a doctor can clear Eduardo early from a right-foot fracture, and Wallhead can be cleared early from an eye injury.

Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who lost his featherweight belt to interim titleholder Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) in a headlining title-unification bout, was also suspended. Aldo, who suffered a third-round TKO loss, is suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days.

All fighters received minimum suspensions of 14 days with no contact during training for seven days. Lengthier medical suspensions included:

  • Jose Aldo: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Vitor Belfort: Suspended for 21 days with no contact during training for 14 days
  • Oluwale Bamgbose: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Erick Silva: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Johnny Eduardo: Suspended 180 days until receiving doctor’s clearance from a right-foot fracture
  • Jamie Moyle: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Jim Wallhead: Suspended 180 days until receiving doctor’s clearance from an eye injury
  • Marco Beltran: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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