CFFC Champ Pat Sabatini To Face Rafael Alves on February 20th UFC Card

CFFC Featherweight Champion Pat Sabatini has taken a short-notice UFC debut against Rafael Alves at the upcoming February 20th “Fight Night” card.

Per a report from Farah Hannoun and John Morgan of MMA Junkie, Sabatini will be taking the place of Mike Trizano, who withdrew from the fight earlier in the week due to injury.

The new matchup joins a card that is set to happen at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Sabatini received the UFC call just a few months after regaining his CFFC belt. Sabatini last fought in December, where he defeated Jesse Stirn with a second-round armbar to win the vacant 145-pound CFFC title.

Sabatini had lost the belt earlier in the year, as an armbar attempt by James Gonzalez broke his arm in the first minute of a February bout.

Like Sabatini, the fight later this month will be Alves’ UFC debut. The former Titan FC champ impressed on “Dana White’s Contender Series” over the summer, defeating Alejandro Flores on the show to earn a UFC contract.

UFC is currently set to have heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis in the main event of their February 20th event. With Alves back in the lineup, here is how the card looks.

Bout 15: Curtis Blaydes (14-2) vs. Derrick Lewis (24-7) (Heavyweight)

Bout 14: Ketlen Vieira (11-1) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (13-5) (Bantamweight)

Bout 13: Jared Gordon (16-4) vs. Danny Chavez (11-3) (Featherweight)

Bout 12: Alexey Oleinik (59-14-1) vs. Chris Daukaus (10-3) (Heavyweight)

Bout 11: Eddie Wineland (24-14-1) vs. John Castaneda (17-5) (Bantamweight)

Bout 10: Shana Dobson (4-4) vs. Casey O’Neill (5-0) (Flyweight)

Bout 9: Chas Skelly (18-3) vs. Jamall Emmers (18-5) (Featherweight)

Bout 8: Darrick Minner (25-11) vs. Charles Rosa (13-4) (Featherweight)

Bout 7: Serghei Spivac (11-2) vs. Jared Vanderaa (11-4) (Heavyweight)

Bout 6: Andrei Arlovski (30-19) vs. Tom Aspinall (9-2) (Heavyweight)

Bout 5: Julian Erosa (24-8) vs. Nate Landwehr (14-3) (Featherweight)

Bout 4: Aiemann Zahabi (7-2) vs. Drako Rodriguez (7-1) (Bantamweight)

Bout 3: Nassourdine Imavov (9-2) vs. Phillip Hawes (9-2) (Middleweight)

Bout 2: Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) vs. Luis Pena (8-3) (Lightweight)

Bout 1: Rafael Alves (19-9) vs. Pat Sabatini (13-3) (Featherweight)

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