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Thiago Alves vs. Ricardo Almeida Possible for March’s UFC 111 in New Jersey

Thiago AlvesRecent 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.

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