The highly anticipated welterweight rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves has been officially announced for UFC 111 on March 27th.
Earlier this week, the world’s biggest MMA show confirmed 10 bouts for the pay-per-view broadcast, however waited until today to finalize the rumored 170-pound battle which now completes the blockbuster fight card.
Take away his lopsided UFC 97 loss to reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and Fitch has been one of the division’s very best. He holds a dominant 21-3 professional record and will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the Jersey Shore.
Pretty much everything stated above regarding Fitch could be said for Alves, except the Brazilian holds a 16-6 record and was just humbled by GSP in his last outing at UFC 100 in July. Prior to the unanimous decision defeat, “The Pitbull” had won seven consecutive Octagon scraps with most ending in devastating fashion.
Fitch sent him on that win streak when he handed, or up-kicked, Alves a TKO defeat at “UFC Fight Night 5” in 2006. The pair’s mulligan was originally slated for UFC 107 back in December, however Alves was forced off the card with a knee injury.
The extravaganza will be capped by two championship fights; former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir will battle undefeated Shane Carwin in an interim title affair, and the aforementioned Georges St-Pierre will defend his strap against the gritty Dan Hardy.
GSP was last seen steamrolling Alves at UFC 100 this past July. The W marked his sixth consecutive victory, bumping his overall record to a dominant 19-2.
Speaking of impressive winning streaks, Hardy has won seven straight in earning his top contender status. The Brit pulled off an impressive victory over Mike Swick at UFC 105 in his last outing.
Here are the fighters slated to participate inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey:
Ricardo Funch vs Matt Riddle
Thomas Drwal vs. Rousimar Palhares
Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller
Martin Kampmann vs. Ben Saunders
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir (UFC Interim Heavyweight Title)
Dan Hardy vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion)