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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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&nbsp;MMA career going 1-2 in the promotion. After reaching&nbsp;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&rsquo;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>

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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.

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