Welterweight contender Jon Fitch and undefeated up-and-comer Paulo Thiago will reportedly clash at UFC 100 on July 11th in Las Vegas.
Fitch (18-3) won a record-tying eight straight UFC bouts between late-2005 and early-2008 over the likes Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves, and Diego Sanchez to earn a shot at the welterweight title. In his matchup with champion Georges St-Pierre in last-August at UFC 87 Fitch suffered a hard-fought unanimous decision loss but earned praise for his gutsy performance. Soon after the defeat Fitch was cut by the promotion for failing to sign a licensing deal, but the two sides quickly resolved the problem and Fitch was re-signed. In his return bout he defeated Akihiro Gono via unanimous decision at UFC 94 in January.
Thiago (11-0), a Brazilian police officer, exclusively fought in Brazil to open his career, compiling a 10-0 record before signing with the UFC. In his promotion debut at UFC 95 last month in London the submission specialist knocked out welterweight contender Josh Koscheck just over three minutes into the opening round.
UFC 100 is expected to be headlined by the heavyweight unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and is also expected to feature Georges St-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves and Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman.
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