The welterweight knockout artist announced the pairing via Twitter
MMAFighting.com initially reported the matchup last week. UFC
Fight Night 116 takes place at the PPG Paints Arena on Sept. 16 and
is headlined by a middleweight duel pitting Luke
Rockhold against David
Perry last competed at UFC Fight Night 108, where he authored a
“Knockout of the Year” candidate when he finished Jake
Ellenberger with a brutal standing elbow 1:08 into the second
round of their encounter on April 22. “Platinum” is 3-1 in the
Octagon and 10-1 as a professional overall, with all of his
victories coming via knockout or technical knockout.
Alves, who challenged Georges St.
Pierre for the 170-pound title in June 2009, returned to the
welterweight division at UFC 210, where he captured a three-round
verdict against Patrick
Cote. The 33-year-old Brazilian attempted a move to 155 pounds
at UFC 205, but he failed to make weight and dropped a unanimous
decision to Jim Miller.
“Pitbull” is 14-8 during his promotional tenure and 22-11 as a