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UFC Fight Night 49: Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein Added to Card

Apr 18, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Thiago Alves during a weigh-in for UFC on FOX 11 at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIJune 12, 2014

A pair of exciting welterweights are set to square off on Aug. 23 when the UFC heads to Oklahoma.

FoxSports.com was the first to report the news (which MMA Junkie has since confirmed) that a fight between Thiago Alves and Jordan Mein has been added to the card.

Alves made a successful return to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 11 after sitting on the sidelines for over two years due to a number of injuries. The Brazilian picked up a win over Seth Baczynski in a bout that earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.

Alves will be looking to win back-to-back fights for the first time since 2008.

Mein may only be 24 years of age, but he sports a wealth of experience. "Young Gun" has nearly 40 professional fights and also recently returned from an extended layoff. Mein picked up a win over Hernani Perpetuo at UFC on Fox 11. It was Mein's first appearance since suffering his first defeat in the Octagon to Matt Brown in April 2013.

Alves is among the most popular and well-known fighters currently on the UFC roster. His early career highlights are the stuff muay thai fighters dream of. Alves is no slouch on the ground, either, as he has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Although not known for excelling in any one particular area, fans shouldn't sleep on Mein in this fight. The Canadian sports a well-rounded game that features a high-octane, aggressive style of fighting. This style will definitely test the cardio of Alves in this bout.

This fight will likely be on the main card given Alves' name value combined with the talent that both fighters possess.

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