Sam Alvey takes late-notice fight at next week's UFC Fight Night 118 event

Middleweight slugger Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has made it clear he wants to stay as busy as possible, and that includes picking up the phone whenever the UFC calls.

This time, the voice on the other end of the line asked him to step in on a little more than one week’s notice to replace Trevor Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and face Russian prospect Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118.

Alvey said yes.

UFC officials today announced the change for the Oct. 21 event, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Alvey fought most recently in August, scoring a split-decision win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. The 31-year-old Alvey is 5-1 in his past six appearances, a run that also includes wins over Nate Marquardt, Alex Nicholson, Kevin Casey and Eric Spicely.

Meanwhile, Emeez is a 30-year-old Russian product who makes his UFC debut on the strength of a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Anatoly Tokov, Maiquel Falcao, Luigi Fioravanti and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky – with three of those coming by way of stoppage. Overall, Emeev is 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 now 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. Jim Wallhead
  • 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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Source: MMA Junkie

Trevor Smith meets newcomer Ramazan Emeev at UFC Fight Night event in Poland

A middleweight matchup between nine-time UFC veteran Trevor Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and former M-1 Global middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been added to the UFC’s return to Poland.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that bout agreements are in place for the matchup, which was first reported by mma-today.com.

The Oct. 21 UFC Fight Night event takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Smith was in action most recently in May, scoring a decision win over Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden. The victory pushes “Hot Sauce” to 3-1 in his past four appearances, with all four of those fights going the distance.

Meanwhile, Emeez is a 30-year-old Russian product who makes his UFC debut on the strength of a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Anatoly Tokov, Maiquel Falcao, Luigi Fioravanti and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky – with three of those coming by way of stoppage. Overall, Emeev is 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.

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

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Source: MMA Junkie