The re-match between Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch that was supposed to take place at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” has been rescheduled for UFC 115 in Vancouver, according to company president Dana White.
While most of us were working our way into bed, White was wide awake, as he Tweeted the following message Easter evening, “ALVES vs FITCH in vancouver!!!!!!”
Alves is less than a week removed from having successful surgery to repair a brain “irregularity” that doctors discovered during a UFC 111 pre-fight CT Scan. If his recovery continues to go smoothly, the Brazilian is expected to be back training in about three weeks.
Ben Saunders, fellow American Top Teamer, stepped in as a last-minute replacement against Fitch after Alves was removed from the card by New Jersey’s governing body.
Although Fitch took home an easy unanimous decision over Saunders inside the Prudential Center, it appears they are right back where they started as Fitch vs. Alves II will co-headline UFC 115 on June 12th.
Alves holds an impressive 16-6 record, however hasn’t been seen inside an Octagon since being dominated by reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100 last July.
In their initial meeting at “UFC Fight Night 5″ back in June 2006, Fitch managed to land a vicious up-kick to Alves’ grill in the 2ndRound that ultimately put him out.
The card’s main event is still up in the air after Tito Ortiz was replaced by Rich Franklin midway into this season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It’s possible the event could be headlined by Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin if Ortiz isn’t healthy, although White, Liddell and Ortiz have all claimed Liddell vs. Ortiz III will still go on as planned.
Here are the fighters rumored to be competing inside the GM Place in Vancouver:
Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox
Peter Sobotta vs. James Wilks
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Pat Barry
Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin/Tito Ortiz