TUF 27 winner Mike Trizano returns to face Rafael Alves at UFC event on Feb. 20


Mike Trizano | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An Ultimate Fighter winner is set to make his return to the octagon after almost two years away.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a featherweight matchup between Mike Trizano and Rafael Alves will take place at the UFC’s event on Feb. 20. A location or venue has yet to be revealed.

MMA DNA was first to report the booking.

Trizano will make his third promotional appearance and first since May 2019. “The Lone Wolf” captured his season’s reality show title when he defeated Joe Giannetti at the TUF 27 Finale in July 2018. He would go on to earn a split decision win over fellow castmate Luis Pena before suffering his first loss to Grant Dawson in his most recent bout at UFC Rochester.

Alves makes his octagon debut after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in August where he submitted Alejandro Flores in the second round. Entering his 29th professional fight, “The Turn” has won his last five, which includes victories competing Combate Americas and Titan Fighting Championship.

The UFC’s Feb. 20 event will be headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.

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