The UFC welterweight top contender match0up between Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez, which was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England on October 18th, will be moved to UFC 90 in Chicago, Illinois just one week later.
Alves and Sanchez were slated to square off as the co-main event for UFC 89, along with the Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben bout. However, the UFC announced last week the signing of an all-important light heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva and Lyoto Machida, and decided to have that as the co-main event instead.
MMAWeekly.com reported that a source close to the Alves/Sanchez fight confirmed the date change. Today, UFC president, Dana White, told the Chicago Sun Times that the UFC is indeed set to make their debut in Illinois on October 25th at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. He did not confirm any bouts for the event, including the Alves/Sanchez fight.
It has been strongly rumored for the past month that UFC 89 will be televised for free, via tape delay on Spike TV. It is believed that the UFC will use this event to promote UFC 90 the following weekend. The UFC has yet to confirm this.
For now, the Sanchez vs. Alves bout will be the main event at UFC 90, however it is highly likely that the UFC will add another monster fight to either headline or act as a co-main event.