Friday, January 1, 2010
Fitch vs. Alves II Booked For UFC 111
Top-ranked UFC welterweights Jon Fitch (21-3) and Thiago "The Pitbull" Alves (16-6) are set to renew acquaintances at UFC 111 on March 27th. The card that night will be headlined by Georges "Rush" St-Pierre who defeated both Fitch and Alves by unanimous decision in their only title shots at UFC 87 and UFC 100 respectively. "Rush" will face British striker Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy at UFC 111, but Fitch and Alves would each surely like to steal the show with an impressive victory in hopes of securing a second shot at the welterweight belt.
The two fighters met once before at Ultimate Fight Night 5 almost three-and-a-half years ago on June 28yh, 2006. At that time, neither Fitch nor Alves were particularly well known to UFC fans. Coming in they had five fights worth of octagon experience between them, and their fight was buried on the prelims. It was a truly dominant performance by Jon Fitch that ended with a legendary upkick that stunned Alves and set him up for a TKO finish. Of course, he rematch could easily go very differently.
Their next fight will be a decidedly more high-profile event fight, one that UFC fans have been clamouring. Fitch vs. Alves II was scheduled once before, at UFC 107, but Fitch ended up fighting tough up-and-comer Mike Pierce when Alves pulled out with an injury.
Here is a link to video of Fitch vs. Alves I