Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will now be flanked by a welterweight rematch between top contenders Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch at UFC 117 on August 7th.
“Now its official twizzels! 117 co-main event!!! Feels good to get back to work! Oakland here I come… 2 words PAIN and BLOOD! Love u all!” an excited Alves Tweeted.
UFC officials have confirmed the pivotal match-up will serve as the night’s co-main event.
The 170-pounders originally fought four years ago at “UFC Fight Night 5.” Fitch won via TKO following a vicious up kick to the “Pitbull’s” noggin.
A rematch had been booked for UFC 107 in Memphis, but the Brazilian suffered a knee injury and was forced out of the fight. Then, the welterweights were all set for UFC 111 in March until the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board pulled the plug on Alves, who failed a CT scan two days prior to the bout.
Alves underwent an angiogram before he was finally cleared by doctors to return to action. Following the medical procedure, UFC president Dana White had Tweeted that the welterweights would throw down at UFC 115 in Vancouver earlier this month, but later decided that he would push the bout back.
Now that their August date has been finalized, fans will get to see the explosive Alves back in an Octagon for the first time in over 13 months. He was last seen receiving a unanimous decision loss to division champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100.
Here’s how UFC 117 currently shapes up:
Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders
Johnny Hendricks vs Charlie Brenneman
Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve
Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story
Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Championship)