Alves, Perry’s original foe, was forced to withdraw from
Saturday’s event for undisclosed reasons.
MMAjunkie.com was first to report the news. A replacement
opponent for Perry is currently being sought.
UFC Fight Night 116 takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh
and is headlined by a middleweight tilt between former champ
Rockhold and David
Branch. The card airs on Fox Sports 1 following one early
prelim on UFC Fight Pass.
A former welterweight title challenger, Alves is coming off a
unanimous verdict over Patrick Cote
at UFC 210. Perry has won three of his first four Octagon
appearances – all by knockout or technical knockout.