Two of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre's (19-2) recent opponents are set to determine who will stay in the thick of the title hunt for his belt. That's right, Jon Fitch (19-3) and Thiago Alves (16-6) are set to battle one another on December 12th.
It will be a rematch of their first match at Ultimate Fight Night 5 in 2006. It was a very close fight that ended shortly after Fitch landed one of the all-time great upkicks (from his back) in MMA history. That unusually effective strike left Alves on queer street, at which point Fitch pounced on him to force the finish. Outside of their losses to GSP, these two perennial contenders are a collective 14-0 in the octagon since their first fight in 2006.
Fitch was originally scheduled to appear at UFC 107 opposite Ricardo Almeida (11-3), who is dropping down to welterweight after going 1-3 in his latest run at middleweight. Last week, after Almeida blew out his knee, the UFC scrambled and booked the Fitch vs. Alves II instead. To make it happen, Thiago Alves had to be pulled from his own scheduled fight against Fitch's last victim, Paulo Thiago (11-1). Don't feel bad for Paulo Thiago though, he will now face UFC newcomer Jacob Volkman (9-0) at UFC 106 (Nov. 21st).