Alvey vs Nicholson and Lausa vs Zhikui added to UFN 97 in Manila
<p>Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Lausa-to-Represent-the-Philippines-in-October-debut">will make his UFC debut</a> against China’s Yao Zhikui at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila. <a href="http://mmajunkie.com/2016/09/ufc-fight-night-97-adds-2-bouts-with-sam-alveys-fourth-fight-in-4-months#slideIdslide-0">Also on the card</a> is a middleweight bout between Sam Alvey and Alex Nicholson.</p>
<p>The event is set to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on October 15 and will be the UFC’s second ever in the Philippines. BJ Penn will be headlining the card in his return from retirement against #4 ranked Ricardo Lamas.</p>
<p>Lausa (6-2) is currently on a five-fight win streak which includes a first-round guillotine win against Dean Bermuduz and a knockout over Ernesto Montilla, both under Pacific Fight Xtreme Combat in the Phillipines. His most recent win is a split-decision against Crisanto Pitpitunge. It is also worth mentioning that he has a 7-0 pro boxing record.</p>
<p>His opponent, Zhikui (2-3) has fought three times for the UFC in his short 5-fight MMA career going 1-2 in the promotion. After reaching the semifinals on TUF China, he made an unsuccessful debut against Royston Wee in 2014 but came back with a decision win against Nolan Ticman at UFN 66. He is coming off of a TKO loss to Fredy Serrano in a fight where he injured his arm while defending a takedown.</p>
<p>The announced middleweight fight will be Alvey’s (28-8, 1 NC) fourth in four months. After a nearly year-long layoff due to a jaw injury, Alvey made his return at UFN 89 against Elias Theodorou who beat him via unanimous decision. He got himself back into the win column, however, with back-to-back finshes over Eric Spicely and Kevin Casey.</p>
<p>Nicholson (7-2) was signed by the UFC in February and made his debut against Misha Cirkunov, losing the bout via submission in the second-round. After that, he scored a first-round knockout over Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 91 in July.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.