With Thiago Alves pulling out of his welterweight fight this weekend with Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh on short-notice, the UFC have scrambed to find a short-notice replacement to keep the fighter on the card.

As such, ‘Platinum’ will now take on Alex Reyes, who will be making his UFC debut on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Reyes brings a 12-2 record to the Octagon, and in fact has remained unbeaten since losing the first two fights of his career back in 2007, becoming King Of The Cage’s lightweight champion along the way.

The catch is that Reyes hasn’t fought in over two years, and is now moving up to welterweight for the biggest fight of his career on just a few days notice.

He’ll also be going up against a fighter in Perry who will be riding high on confidence after extending his own career record to 10-1 in some style last time out with a KO victory over Jake Ellenberger.

With Perry Vs Reyes now set, the UFC Fight Night 116 event on Saturday night proceeds with the main event featuring a middleweight encounter between Luke Rockhold and Dave Branch, while Hector Lombard also fights Anthony Smith elsewhere on the main card.

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