A planned welterweight fight between Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez that had been rumored for UFC 89 on October 18 in Birmingham, England, is now expected to take place at UFC 90 on October 25 in Chicago, Illinois.
While nothing is for certain, it is considered very likely that the winner of the Sanchez vs. Alves fight will earn themselves a shot at the UFC welterweight title.
Alves has won seven consecutive bouts in the UFC since losing to Jon Fitch at UFC Fight Night 5 in 2006. His most recent victory came against future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 85 last month. While Alves failed to make the 170 pound limit by four pounds, he still finished Hughes in impressive fashion after recording a TKO at 1:02 of round 2.
Sanchez, the middleweight winner from the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has rebounded two win his last two fights after suffering the first losses of his career against Josh Koscheck at UFC 69 and then to Fitch at UFC 76. Sanchez ended his losing streak by submitting David Bielkheden at 4:43 of round 1 at UFC 82 in March.
He returned to the Octagon last month during the live season finale for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating Luigi Fioravanti via TKO at 4:07 in the third round. Several pundits stated they consider the Fioravanti fight the best display they have seen of Sanchez’s standup to date.