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Thiago Alves expected to face Uly Diaz for inaugural 175-pound title at BKFC 18 on May 21 – MMA Root



The new 175lb champion will be crowned at the BKFC on May 21, when former UFC title challenger Thiago Alves meets Uli Diaz at an event scheduled at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Several sources close to the match confirmed this MMA Fighting news on Wednesday.

For Alves, this will be an opportunity to add another win to his already impressive resume in hopes of winning the championship with the BKFC after signing a promotion deal after his UFC appearance.

Alves made a successful debut in the BKFC, winning a split decision over Julian Lane in September this year after being a prominent player in the promotion. Now in the second fight, the Brazilian will strive to become the champion.

As for Diaz, he made a splash in just his second appearance at BKFC last November when he recorded a stunning three-second knockout over Donel Benedetto. It was the fastest knockout in BKFC history and Diaz will now be awarded a title fight against Alves on May 21st.

BKFC has not officially announced a title fight between Alves and Diaz, although promotions have previously confirmed the card will take place on May 21 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

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