After Ian McCall and John Lineker’s UFC Fight Night 56 co-main event in Uberlandia, Brazil, was nixed less than 24 hours before fight time due to McCall’s illness, Warlley Alves and Alan Jouban were called upon to step up and fill the gap.
They definitely did just that, going toe-to-toe for three rounds.
Alves stepped into the welterweight bout looking to prove himself in his first fight since winning the middleweight competition on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. Jouban, on the other hand, was making his second start in the Octagon after having knocked out Seth Baczynski in Fight of the Night fashion in his UFC debut.
Alves stormed Jouban from the opening bell, swarming him with punches and forcing him to the mat, where he sank a guillotine choke. Alves worked hard to finish the choke, but Jouban remained calm and eventually worked his way out.
Back on their feet, they wrestled along the cage for a time, but eventually ended the round with several striking exchanges, Jouban stealing some of Alves thunder with a solid body kick in the waning moments.
Both men looked a bit tired as the second stanza wore on, although Jouban seemed to finish the round stronger.
The third was almost all Jouban’s, as Alves continued to fade. The Brazilian’s hands started to drop and his output slowed as the clock ran down. Jouban continued to press forward throughout the round, racking up points with solid punch combinations, blended with several short elbows that took the wind out of Alves’ sails.
Going to the scorecards, it wasn’t at all surprising when Bruce Buffer announced the outcome would be a unanimous decision. It was, however, quite surprising when he revealed all three judges saw the fight in Alves’ favor, leading UFC commentator Kenny Florian to declare, “(Jouban) was robbed.”
Alves moves to 8-0 with the victory, while Jouban, having split his two UFC appearances, falls to 10-3.