Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves rematch set for UFC 115 in June

Gavin VincentCorrespondent IApril 5, 2010

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A third attempt at a long-awaited welterweight rematch between contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves will take place at UFC 115 on June 15 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

UFC President Dana White announced the match up for UFC 115 early Monday on his official Twitter account.

"ALVES vs FITCH in vancouver!!!!!!" White wrote in the post.

Their first meeting occurred at UFC Fight Night 5 in June 2006, where Fitch walked away with a second-round TKO victory over Alves.

Alves and Fitch were first set to rematch at UFC 107 on Dec. 12, however, Alves was forced out of the event with a knee injury. Then, they were booked yet again to rematch at UFC 111 on March 27. But Alves was forced off the card after a pre-fight CT scan showed an irregularity in the Brazilian's brain. Fitch remained on the card and was matched up against Ben Saunders.

Alves immediately took additional tests from brain specialists, where it was revealed that he had a malformation of the left side of his brain. He has since underwent successful surgery to correct the irregularity.

Fitch (21-3) is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes wins over Akihiro Gono, Paulo Thiago, Mike Pierce and, most recently, Saunders at UFC 111. Prior to the wins, he suffered his only Octagon loss against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight title bout at UFC 87 in August 2008.

Fitch has put together a stellar 12-1 UFC record over four years with the promotion, scoring other notable Octagon wins over the likes of Brock Larson, Josh Burkman, Roan Carneiro, Chris Wilson and Diego Sanchez.

Alves (16-6) has not fought since losing to UFC welterweight champion St. Pierre at UFC 100 last July in his first title shot. Prior to the loss, Alves had won seven straight fights in order to earn the title shot, which included wins over Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.

Since entering the Octagon for the first time in October 2005, Alves has put together a solid 9-3 record.

Mystery surrounds the UFC 115 main event, as the originally rumored headliner of a third fight between former UFC light-heavyweight champions and TUF 11 coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has been heavily speculated to be off. Numerous media outlets have reported that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is the new opponent for Liddell, however, nothing has been made official by the UFC.

Other interesting bouts rumored for the UFC 115 include Patrick Barry vs. Mirko Filipovic, Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel, Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago and Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin.


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