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Report: Alves vs. Sanchez likely for UFC 89

MMA Weekly is reporting that a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves will most likely take place on October 18th as a part of UFC 89.

From MMA Weekly:

While the welterweight division looks towards a championship match in August between current titleholder Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch, the weight class will continue to build towards a new top contender as has learned that American Top Team knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves is slated to return on Oct. 18 to face former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez.

The bout was confirmed to by sources close to the fight. There is currently a verbal agreement with actual bout agreements for the contest expected to be signed in the next few days.

Both fighters looked impressive in their most recent outings with Sanchez showing some much improved stand-up in a third round TKO of Luigi Fioravanti at last month’s Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale while Thiago Alves overpowered former long time welterweight champion Matt Hughes at UFC 85 in a second round TKO. Albeit after failing to make weight for the encounter.

I for one wouldn’t be surprised if Thiago Alves has been specifically been told by the UFC management that he needs to make 170 lbs. (as opposed to the allowed 171 lbs.) or else they will not risk him in a future title bout if he proves victorious.

UFC 89 is currently set for October 18th at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. The event is currently headlined by a middleweight clash between Michael “The Count” Bisping and Chris “The Crippler” Leben.

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  • mike wolfe says:


    Do you think Alves is being held back from an immediate title shot because of his weight issue in the fight with Hughes? If not, why the fight with Sanchez?

  • Jye says:

    The size difference in this fight is gonna be huge. I don’t know how Diego’s gonna win this fight considering Hughes struggled to take Alves down and Hughes is a much better wrestler than Diego

  • double A-ron says:

    I really think this is a good matchup though and wouldn’t be surprised if diego pulled this one off.

  • Rich S. says:

    ohhh man, this is gonna be a tough one for Diego, but he’s strong enough to pull through anything.. he can’t get too comfortable in the stand-up.. we know he has a good chin but ANYONE can get knocked out, ESPECIALLY if they’re standing across from Thiago Alves.. and, i don’t know if he’ll be able to get it to the ground.. because Thiago will be the favor in the power struggle.. sooo.. Diego might have to just get Alves to take him down and work off his back.. if that ends up being the case.. I’M SURE HE CAN submit Alves..

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    I don’t think Alves was ever going to get an immediate title shot but I think he might have gotten an easier fight if he made weight and destroyed Hughes.

    I think the UFC wants him to prove that he can make the championship weight of 170 and still destroy people.

  • JTM says:

    Great co-main event for Birmingham, I didn’t go to 85 in London, I may well go to this. Just need some good undercard now – including the obligatory Marcus Davis fight…

  • DPK says:

    I agree, that I don’t think Alves is ever going to see a title shot until he makes 170 and not just 171 for a fight, This fight is 3 1/2 months away, so he should have no issues in his preparation to make the weight.

    Kos could also be in line for a title shot, but I think he would need at least 2 more wins to get back in line for another shot at GSP.

    I love that UFC is already starting to fill out this card 3 1/2 months out, that means that all the fighters will have plenty of time to prepare, and for the anticipation to start building.

  • Nick says:

    This is going to be a very good fight. Is it me, or has Joe Silva been very aggressive in his matchups over the last few months? No more cake walks, the good fighters are fighting good fighters. It has been making the UFC shows that much more enjoyable lately. I am going to have a good time breaking this fight down.

  • woooburn says:

    this should be a great fight.

    also, sounds like this card will be free on spike? can’t argue with that.

  • -chris says:

    Can’t wait to see this one..pulling for “nightmare” but Alves will have a significant size advantage over him. Also, glad to see Alves not getting a title shot right away after missing weight due to an “ankle injury”.

  • Jay says:

    Alves desrves the shot next!! Alves just beat the crap outta Parisyan and Hughes….last time I checked they were both top 10 in the world.

    Hughes didn’t lose because of weight. He lost because his takedowns are slow and predictiable. And that makes him VERY limited at this stage of his career.

  • MMA Roots says:

    What r u talking about Jay, Alves was a lot over 170; the man was 174 @ the weigh-in. The day of the fight he was bigger then 174. It was very clear who was going to win that fight.

    He was 182 for sure in that fight.
    If Alves made 155 back in the days he should be able to make 170.

    He wanted to come in big. His whole team that things like that.


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