A rematch between welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, previously slated for UFC 107 before an injury to Alves postponed the bout, is now scheduled for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey, Alves’ manager Malki Kawa announced on Wednesday.
In their first meeting at UFC Fight Night 5 in mid-2006, Fitch earned a second-round TKO of Alves.
Fitch (19-3) reeled off eight-straight wins to begin his UFC career, but had his 15-fight win streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre last August. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has bounced back in 2009 with three-straight wins over Akihiro Gono, Paulo Thiago, and most-recently Mike Pierce earlier this month.
Alves (16-6), previously targeted for a UFC 111 matchup with Ricardo Almeida, won seven-straight over the likes of Chris Lytle, Josh Koscheck, and Matt Hughes following his loss to Fitch, but is coming off a unanimous decision loss to St-Pierre in July at UFC 100.
UFC 111 is headlined by welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy and is also expected to feature an interim heavyweight title fight between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir.
Pictured: Thiago Alves