Sam Alvey will continue to be one of the most active fighters of 2016, as “Smile’n Sam” has been booked to face Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night in Manila.
The Las Vegas promotion recently announced the middleweight pairing. Additionally, Jenel Lausa will meet Zhikui Yao in a flyweight bout at the Oct. 15 event. UFC Fight Night takes place at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and is headlined by a featherweight clash between Ricardo Lamas and B.J. Penn. The card will air in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Alvey will return to the Octagon for the fourth time in five months when he locks horns with Nicholson. The former Maximum Fighting Championships titlist dropped a decision to Elias Theodorou in his first fight of 2016 before scoring back-to-back finishes of Eric Spicely and Kevin Casey in his next two outings.
After falling to Misha Cirkunov in his promotional debut, Nicholson garnered his first Octagon triumph with a knockout of Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night “McDonald vs. Lineker” on July 13. “The Spartan” recently came under fire for making a derogatory remark toward Hyun Gyu Lim while he cornered teammate Mike Perry at UFC 202.
Lausa, the reigning Pacific Xtreme Combat 125-pound king, enters his first Octagon foray on a four-fight winning streak and is 6-2 as a professional overall. Yao was a semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter: China” and has lost two of his three UFC bouts.