26-Year-Old UFC Middleweight 11-2-0
October 21, 2017 Warlley Alves News
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Alves defeated Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday in Poland.
Alves took a more measured approach than we are used to seeing, as he spent most of Round 1 trying to tire out the debuting fighter by working him against the fence. While it wasn't the smashmouth performance fans are used to seeing, he was able to control the fight at distance as well, with Touahri looking like he was never able to get comfortable with his range. Alves stops a two-fight losing skid as a result of the victory and now holds an 11-2 record in professional MMA.
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Fantasy AnalysisAlves was left without an opponent after Jim Wallhead withdrew from their set matchup with an undisclosed injury. However, Alves chose to fly to Poland anyway in hopes of a last minute replacement and has been granted his wish. Newcomer Salim Touahri will be stepping into the Octagon for his UFC debut with a 10-1 career record.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves is still traveling to Poland (via his personal Twitter account), but remains without an opponent for Saturday's fight card. Any short-notice replacement may have to deal with work visa issues as well, which further complicates the manner. Stay tuned for a replacement announcement that would have to occur early in the week, otherwise the fight may simply be re-booked for a later date.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves is on the first losing streak of his career, having lost to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman (both via unanimous decision). His opponent for this contest is in the same boat. However, Alves has UFC experience on his side. While Alves (26) is 11 years younger than Wallhead (37), he has faced more high-level opponents to bring his UFC record to 4-2 (11-2 overall).
Fantasy AnalysisThe late injury is bringing Zak Ottow to New Zealand for the welterweight fight. Ottow has a 1-1 overall record against Kunimoto, who hasn't fought in over two years. It is unknown just how severe Alves' injury is and how long he is expected to be out, but the UFC should update his status in the coming months.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves is on a two-fight losing streak since beginning his career with an unblemished 10-0 record. His last defeat came in Nov. 2016, when he lost a unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 100. Kunimoto, who's now 35 years old and hasn't stepped foot in the octagon in over two years, could be exactly what Alves needs to get back on track.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves fought pretty well in Round 1. After that, not so much. Unable to get inside against the bigger, stronger Usman, Alves wasn't competitive by the time Round 3 rolled around. The Brazilian was credited with exactly one total strike landed in the final frame. Alves wasn't the first guy that Usman has dominated and he won't be the last. As for Alves, he better get his act together. He has now suffered back-to-back losses and he cannot afford a third-straight setback.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves was upset by Bryan Barerena via unanimous decision in his last bout, handing him his first professional defeat. Alves will now look to bounce back in his home country against another fighter that is gaining momentum, as Usman owns a 3-0 record with the promotion. Look for Alves to attempt to deploy his most dangerous weapon, a guillotine choke, early in this fight.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) handed out a laundry list of medical suspensions Monday, with Alves receiving one of the heftiest mandatory layoffs that was dished out. Although these suspensions are technically issued by the CABMMA, most international regulatory agencies will honor them. If Alves wants to fight again within the six-month time frame, he will need to get medical clearance, which likely will include an X-ray that that shows the bone break has healed. After that, the young welterweight prospect can resume his quest to rise to the ranked portion of the division.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the first professional loss of Alves' career. Warlley started hot, clamping on a quick guillotine and controlling Round 1, but he appeared to lose steam as the fight went along and he clearly got the worst of the final two frames. Alves landed plenty of quality shots of his own and it was a tough, hard fought fight, but the judge's got this one right. Alves is now 4-1 in his first five UFC bouts. At age 25, Alves is young enough that he still has the potential to take another major step forward in his career.
Fantasy Analysis3-0 at welterweight and 4-0 since entering the UFC off TUF 3: Brazil, Alves keeps rolling along. He is undefeated as a pro and there are notable advancements in his game every time he steps into the octagon. Alves’ biggest strength are his submission skills, but he has turned himself into a very respectable all-around fighter. At age-25, it is reasonable to think that Alves is young enough to take his game to an entirely new level. That would be a scary thought for everyone in the UFC’s 170-pound division. Alves has little notoriety amongst fans in the United States, but that may very well change in the near future.
Fantasy AnalysisEveryone knows that Alves' bread and butter move is his guillotine, but no one can seem to stop it. Alves didn't appear to be in a great position along the fence, but he managed to slap the choke on out of nowhere. As soon as Covington stood up in hopes of getting out of it, Alves just clamped it on even tighter. Alves has fought mostly scrubs early in his UFC career, but this is a legitimate win against a guy who also came into this fight undefeated. Alves isn't very tall for the middleweight division (5-11), but he's strong, a good striker, and he can't put the lights out against opponent with that guillotine.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a fight with major implications for the UFC's welterweight division, Alves will square off with fellow undefeated prospect Colby Covington. Alves, who has fought exclusively in Brazil throughout his mixed martial arts career, will need to contend with the pace of Covington, a wrestler with an impressive gas tank. Winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, Alves' recent victory over Tristar's Nordine Taleb demonstrated an ability to handle fighters with a superior reach advantage.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of these two undefeated welterweight prospects will suffer their first loss in this one. Alves is coming off a submission win over Nordine Taleb at UFC 190 earlier this month. He is 3-0 in the UFC and 10-0 in his MMA career.
Fantasy AnalysisThe future is extremely bright for the 24-year-old Alves. He showed his strength along the fence and landed some nice shots on the feet. The finished came when an exhausted Taleb tried to force Alves to the ground, but Alves smartly pulled guard and clamped on the guillotine. Five of his 10 career victories are by submission. Alves was a three-time Brazilian national kickboxing champion, but it's his ground game that has gotten his UFC career off to a fast start. He improves to 3-0 in the octagon.