UFC 111: Thiago Alves Returns on Same Fight Card as George St. Pierre

Brian Oswald@@briancoswaldMMA Editor December 15, 2009

The “Pit-bull” is ready to bite again.

According to MMA Weekly , Former welterweight contender Thiago Alves will make his return to action at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010.

The fight card will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between returning champion George St. Pierre, and challenger Dan Hardy.

It is not the first time Alves and St. Pierre have been featured on the same fight card—at UFC 100, the two locked horns in the division’s most recent title tilt.

Alves was unable to stop the takedowns of the increasingly dominant champ, thus "neutering" the pit-bull’s lethal Muay Thai attack.

Alves, an American Top Team standout, was slated to bounce back against fellow welterweight contender Jon Fitch at UFC 107. That was until Alves suffered a PCL tear in preparation for the fight.

Fitch went on to fight UFC fresh face Mike Pierce, picking up his umpteenth decision in the process.

Malki Kawa, Alves’ representative, could not confirm whether Fitch was the immediate opponent on the horizon.

Whether or not Fitch will be physically ready to fight again by the end of March should be the only thing in question.  A fight, and rematch with Alves, is one that seems to make the most sense for both fighters at this juncture.

If the UFC decides against pitting their second and third-ranked welterweights against each other this time around, another top ten welterweight option would be a scrap with another AKA fighter in Mike Swick, who is coming off a loss to Dan Hardy at UFC 105.

No matter whom Thiago Alves fights next, if he wants to give himself a legitimate chance at taking the belt at 170 pounds, he will have to focus on ways to keep the fight vertical as long as possible.