Christian Aguilera has exited his January 20th UFC booking against Warlley Alves and has since been replaced by Mounir Lazzez. The change of matchup for Alves was first reported by Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
The new matchup joins a “Fight Night” card that is scheduled to take place on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Per the report, Aguilera was removed from the fight for undisclosed reasons.
The fight will be Lazzez’s return after earning his first UFC win in 2020. Lazzez debuted in the UFC in July, defeating Abdul Razak Alhassan via decision. Prior to the win, Lazzez had a record of nine wins and one loss as a pro.
Alves, who has 11-fights in the UFC in total, will look to return after losing his last appearance. Alves last appeared in November of 2019, where a triangle choke from Randy Brown stopped him in the second round.
UFC’s January 20th card is currently scheduled to have a main event fight between Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny. Here is how the lineup looks currently.
Bout 12: Michael Chiesa (16-4) vs. Neil Magny (24-7) (Welterweight)
Bout 11: Pedro Munhoz (18-5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (23-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Lerone Murphy (9-0-1) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 9: Francisco Figueiredo (11-3-1) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 8: Roxanne Modafferi (25-17) vs. Viviane Araujo (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Ike Villanueva (16-11) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 6: Victoria Leonardo (8-2) vs. Manon Fiorot (5-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Tyson Nam (20-11-1) vs. Matt Schnell (14-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Mike Davis (8-2) vs. Mason Jones (10-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Su Mudaerji (13-4) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (3-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2) vs. Markus Perez (12-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Warlley Alves (13-4) vs. Mounir Lazzez (10-1) (Welterweight)