Mounir Lazzez will replace Christian Aguilera and face Warlley Alves in a welterweight contest at UFC on ESPN 20.
Alves and Aguilera were initially slated to meet at UFC on ABC 1, but Lazzez vs. Alves has been moved to an event scheduled four days later. MMAjunkie.com was first to report the new booking. UFC on ESPN 20 takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and is headlined by a 170-pound clash between Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny. The card will air on both ESPN and ESPN+.
Tunisia’s Lazzez made a strong first impression when he scored a clear-cut decision victory over knockout artist Abdul Razak Alhassan in his debut at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15. The man known as “Sniper” is 10-1 as a professional, with eight wins coming via KO or TKO.
Alves, who won Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” has lost two of his last three Octagon appearances. Most recently, the 29-year-old X-Gym member fell to Randy Brown via second-round submission at UFC Fight Night 164 in November 2019.