MMA Weekly is reporting that a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves will most likely take place on October 18th as a part of UFC 89.
From MMA Weekly:
While the welterweight division looks towards a championship match in August between current titleholder Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch, the weight class will continue to build towards a new top contender as MMAWeekly.com has learned that American Top Team knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves is slated to return on Oct. 18 to face former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight. There is currently a verbal agreement with actual bout agreements for the contest expected to be signed in the next few days.
Both fighters looked impressive in their most recent outings with Sanchez showing some much improved stand-up in a third round TKO of Luigi Fioravanti at last month’s Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale while Thiago Alves overpowered former long time welterweight champion Matt Hughes at UFC 85 in a second round TKO. Albeit after failing to make weight for the encounter.
I for one wouldn’t be surprised if Thiago Alves has been specifically been told by the UFC management that he needs to make 170 lbs. (as opposed to the allowed 171 lbs.) or else they will not risk him in a future title bout if he proves victorious.
UFC 89 is currently set for October 18th at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. The event is currently headlined by a middleweight clash between Michael “The Count” Bisping and Chris “The Crippler” Leben.
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