The next step in hard-hitting welterweight Thiago Alves’ continued quest to return to the form once netting him status as perhaps the most feared striker in his division will come on November 5 at UFC 138 against undefeated newcomer Paby Abedi who is dropping down from middleweight for the fight.
The UFC announced the match-up earlier today along with its addition to the organization’s latest overseas offering.
Alves’ stock has taken a hit as of late based on losses in three of his last four fights and a dry spell in the knockout department. In fact, hasn’t stopped an opponent with strikes since mid-2008 after earning a reputation for flattening adversaries with a powerful, multi-tiered attack over the years preceding his recent lackluster run. However, while the 27-year old “Pitbull” seems to have lost his bite as of late, his overall ability isn’t in question with past victories on his record over Karo Parisyan, Chris Lytle, Matt Hughes, and Josh Koscheck.
The debuting Swede has gone 8-0 with seven finishing performances in his career but will have been out of action for more than a year when he finally meets up with Alves in the Octagon. Abedi has won five of his fights by way of TKO.
Their battle in Birmingham, England is the third scrap attached to the event with the other pair involving a headlining tilt between surging 185ers Chris Leben and Mark Munoz and British bantamweight Brad Pickett taking on submission expert Renan Barao.
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