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Play The Man 10-22-2009 10:35 PM

Fitch vs. Alves at UFC 107


Late Wednesday UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch (19-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) announced his UFC 106 fight had been canceled because of a knee injury suffered by opponent by Ricardo Almeida (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

However, another bout a rematch from 2006 is on the way.

A source close to the UFC today told ( that Fitch will instead fight fellow contender Thiago Alves (16-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in December at UFC 107; Alves' rumored opponent on that card, Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), will be booked for another bout.

Additionally, UFC president Dana White today confirmed our report at pre-event press conference for UFC 104 in Los Angeles.

Fitch vs. Alves will be part of the main card of UFC 107, which takes place Dec. 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. The pay-per-view event features a main event between UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez.

Fitch and Alves first met in 2006 at UFC Fight Night 5. Both competitors were in the first year of their UFC careers and actually competed on the night's un-aired preliminary card. Fitch scored a second-round TKO and used a vicious upkick to force a stoppage via subsequent punches late in the round.

That victory was part of a 15-fight win streak that Fitch posted from 2003 and to 2008, when after a then-record eight straight UFC wins he dropped a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. He's since re-emerged as a top contender with recent unanimous-decision wins over Akihiro Gono and Paulo Thiago.

Alves, meanwhile, looks to reclaim a title shot after failing to win the belt in his most recent appearance. Alves got his title shot at UFC 100 in July but dropped a unanimous decision to St-Pierre. The loss was Alves' first since the TKO loss to Fitch that snapped his seven-fight win streak.

rearnakedchoke 10-22-2009 11:31 PM

since the winner will probably get GSP, who do you think will lose on purpose

bj44 10-22-2009 11:32 PM

I got Alves this time around

Play The Man 10-23-2009 12:06 AM

I really have no clue now about the next fight for Matt Hughes.:unsure-1: Both of these guys seemed like obvious candidates to be his next opponent.

I think Fitch will beat Alves again. I hope they thoroughly test Alves for performance-enhancing substances.

que 10-23-2009 12:07 AM

hard to make a decision. i think GSP took both of their souls last time around

MMeh 10-23-2009 06:55 AM


Originally Posted by que (Post 75395)
hard to make a decision. i think GSP took both of their souls last time around

I think Fitch has the better chance. He got beat down, but honestly, I think he never really recovered from nearly being stopped in round 1. Now, to be a champion you have to be able to recover/focus after a bad round, but I think he has a better shot than Alves.

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