A Brazilian fan favorite, who has been on the UFC roster since 2005, will look to go 2-0 in his homeland in 2019.
The 35-year-old Alves (23-13) returned to his hometown on Feb. 2 and defeated Max Griffin on a tight split decision at UFC Fortaleza. That bout snapped a two-fight losing streak and put him at 4-4 in his last eight bouts.
Now, Alves returns to Brazil to fight Argentina’s Staropoli (8-1). The fighter nicknamed “Pepe” had a victorious UFC debut on Nov. 17, as he earned a unanimous decision over Hector Aldana in Staropoli’s hometown of Buenos Aires. That marked six straight wins for Staropoli and was also the first time he ever went the distance in a fight, win or lose.