Last night, UFC welterweight Jon Fitch confirmed via his Twitter that his UFC 106 bout against Ricardo Almeida was canceled due to an injury his opponent recently sustained. Today, president Dana White announced that Fitch will now be giving Thiago Alves a mulligan at UFC 107 instead.
White made the announcement at today’s “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” press conference at the Wilshire Grand in Los Angeles, CA.
Fitch delivered a sick up-kick to Alves’ grill that earned him a TKO win in their first meeting at “UFC Fight Night 5” back in June 2006.
Fitch has been one of the division’s best performers over the past few years and has been hustling to get back into a welterweight title fight since reigning champ Georges St-Pierre trounced him at UFC 87 back in August 2008. He holds an impressive 19-3 record and was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Paulo Thiago at UFC 100.
Speaking of getting steamrolled by GSP, Alves also dropped a convincing unanimous decision to the division’s king that same UFC 100 evening. Prior to that loss, the Brazilian had rolled off win in his last seven Octagon bouts.
Alves was slated to face the aforementioned Paulo Thiago on this same December 12th card, however couldn’t resist the opportunity to avenge one of his six professional losses. It’s believed that Paulo Thiago will be assigned to a different UFC card down the line.
It would be hard to imagine the winner of this tango not getting the next crack at the crown, or would that be the UFC 105 welterweight contest between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy that gets the nod?
I’m guessing whoever wins most convincingly will be the next to go 5Rounds with St-Pierre.
UFC 107 will be jumping off inside the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12th. Here are the fighters slated to be competing in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Johnson
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Houston Alexander
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Diego Sanchez vs. BJ Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)