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Salim Touahri steps in on short notice against Warlley Alves at UFC Gdansk

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Warlley Alves (pictured) welcomes Salim Touahri to the UFC in Gdansk.
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Warlley Alves flew from Rio de Janeiro to Gdansk without an opponent, but the UFC found a replacement for Saturday’s event.

The TUF Brazil 3 winner, who was originally scheduled to take on Jim Wallhead in a welterweight bout, will welcome Salim Touahri to the Octagon at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21. MMA Fighting confirmed the news following a report by Combate.

Touahri (10-1) makes his UFC debut riding a five-fight winning streak with four knockouts. ”Grizzly” competed in his native Poland in 10 of his 11 MMA bouts, going the distance only twice in his professional career.

Alves (10-2) cut back down to 170 pounds after winning TUF Brazil as a middleweight, and beat Colby Covington, Nordine Taleb and Alan Jouban before losing decisions to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman in his last couple of bouts.

With Alves-Touahri set, this is how the UFC Fight Night 118 card looks like.

Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel
Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
Damian Stasiak vs. Brian Kelleher
Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili
Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
Lina Lansberg vs. Aspen Ladd
Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett