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Warlley Alves injured, Zak Ottow steps in to face Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 110

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MMA: UFC Fight Night-Usman vs Alves Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Warlley Alves will not be competing next month.

The Brazilian fighter has been removed from UFC Fight Night 110 due to injury. Fellow welterweight Zak Ottow will be stepping up on short notice to replace Alves and fight Japan’s Kiichi Kunimoto. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.

Ottow last fought in November at UFC Fight Night 100 where he lost a split decision to Sérgio Moraes. Prior to that, the 30-year-old American defeated veteran Josh Burkman in his promotional debut. Ottow is 1-1 in the UFC and 14-4 in his overall professional MMA record.

Kunimoto was last seen in the Octagon back in February, 2015 where he lost to welterweight contender Neil Magny. The loss to Magny snapped a seven-fight win streak for the 36-year-old fighter. Kunimoto is currently 18–6–2 and one no-contest in his professional fighting career and 3-1 in the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 110 is set to take place on June 11 at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt are scheduled to headline the card.