MMAjunkie.com is reporting that Thiago Alves is likely to be added to the card for UFC 78 on Nov. 17 in Newark, NJ.
Alves, currently on a three fight win streak, last fought for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, defeating Kuniyoshi Hironaka via verbal submission at 4:04 of round 2. It was his first fight back back from suspension after he had tested positive for a banned diuretic at UFC 66.
Junkie does not name an opponent for Alves at UFC 78 but the rumors section at MMAWeekly.com lists Ryo Chonan as a possible opponent.
Chonan, a veteran of both PRIDE and DEEP, recently signed with the UFC and holds a win over current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Despite his submission victory over Silva at PRIDE Shockave 2004, Chonan plans to compete in the UFC’s 170 lbs. division.
According to Junkie, Alves’ bout could be televised on the main card. If he’s in fact matched up with Chonan, that would increase Alves’ odds of fighting on the main card.
Additional matches rumored for UFC 78 include:
– Thiago Alves vs. Ryo Chonan
– Karo Parisyan vs. Hector Lombard
– Spencer Fisher vs. Frankie Edgar (Edgar has confirmed the match)
– Tamdan McCrory vs. Akihiro Gono
– Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
– David Terrell vs. Ed Herman
A main event has yet to be signed for the card but according to reports, it’s believed that the UFC is trying to sign a rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz for the card.