Recent welterweight challenger Thiago Alves is likely to return to action at UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, New Jersey and could fight Ricardo Almeida at the pay-per-view event, according to MMAjunkie.
Alves (16-6) had won seven-straight, including wins over Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck, before suffered a unanimous decision loss to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre in his most-recent fight at UFC 100 in July. “The Pitbull” had been set to rematch Jon Fitch earlier this month at UFC 107, but withdrew from the bout with a knee injury.
Almeida (11-3), a respected grappler who fights out of New Jersey, returned to the UFC in early-2008 following a three-year hiatus with a swift submission of Rob Yundt, but next dropped a split decision to Patrick Cote last July. “Big Dog” bounced back in 2009 with decision wins over Matt Horwich and Kendall Grove, but was forced to withdraw from a November matchup with Fitch after suffering a knee injury.
UFC 111 is co-headlined by a welterweight championship bout between title-holder Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy as well as an interim heavyweight championship matchup between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.
Pictured: Thiago Alves