Winner of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil as a middleweight, Alves (10-0) returns four months after a second-round submission win over Nordine Taleb at UFC 190. A training partner of 185-pound contender Ronaldo Souza, Alves is 2-0 since cutting down to welterweight.
Just like Alves, American Top Team’s Covington (8-0) is 3-0 under the UFC banner with a pair of finishes, stopping Anying Wang and Wagner Silva before scoring the biggest win of his professional career in May. It was a unanimous decision victory over 15-fight UFC veteran Mike Pyle.
UFC 194, the promotion’s last pay-per-view card in 2015, will be headlined by a featherweight clash between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. In the co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his belt against Luke Rockhold. Alves’ teammate "Jacare" Souza takes on Yoel Romero on the main card.