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Winner of UFC 117’s Alves vs. Fitch guaranteed welterweight title shot

The outcome of the upcoming welterweight clash between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves during this weekend’s upcoming UFC 117 event juts became a little more relevant.

UFC President Dana White announced today that the winner of the bout would be granted a title shot during the pre-UFC 117 press conference at the Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel in California.

UFC 117 is set for Saturday evening from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The winner of the bout between Alves and Fitch will face the winner of an upcoming welterweight title fight between champion Georges St Pierre and Josh Koscheck. Both of who are currently filming TUF 12.

Koscheck and Fitch are fellow training partners out of the San Jose based American Kickboxing Academy.

  • MCM says:

    GSP v Fitch II.

    I think Jon Fitch will put up a much better fight the second time around. I don’t know why Thiago would get a rematch so quickly though. Fitch has had to dominate 5 other guys to get a rematch. ‘Course he had to go on a 16 fight win streak before he got his first shot, so I guess this is a little better.

  • JOEgun says:

    aw man :/ . im not too excited to see either of these guys rematch GSP next. GSP needs to fight some new guys. he’s already rematching Koscheck. if he wins now he gets another rematch with guys he’s already defeated. What does this say about the current state of the welterweight division?

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I want to see what happens if Koscheck and Fitch each win their respective fights. Would they really fight or pull the teammate card and refuse. This is the only intriguing aspect to me as I have zero interest in a rematch with GSP for either fighter. After Fitch lost to GSP he was on the undercard so why is Alves co-headlining a card after his loss to GSP? I’d rather see the winner of this fight take on the winner of Shields vs Kampmann to determine the #1 contender.

  • Rich S. says:

    This is ridiculous.

    I mean, obviously, if Fitch beats Alves, he’s earned his second shot, and if Alves somehow manages to put Fitch away, he’s earned his as well..

    But, why guarantee a title shot when it will be over a year minimum before they get to cash in?

    We still have an entire season of TUF to go through, then the title fight itself between GSP and Kos.. God forbid the winner of that one has any serious medical suspensions..

    They’re really bogging these divisions down with early guaranteed title shots and rematches..

  • hindsightufuk says:

    we are constantly told how th eufc has the deepest divisions yet we get so many rematches.
    did alves even fight anyone else since losing to gsp?
    i just wanna see gsp fight new guys

  • YetiLee says:

    This isn’t what I wanted to hear from Dana, I understand that Alves and Fitch are great fighters but neither has what it takes to beat GSP. We already seen both men get mauled and controlled in every aspect by GSP and I really don’t think the outcome will be any different. I was hoping that Shields would have been next after he gets through Kampmann, because I really think that is the only fight left for GSP in that division that the fans really want to see.

  • stone says:

    Whatever happen to “clearing-out” the division? GSP still needs to fight Shields, Kampmann, Condit, Hathaway, Lytle, Saunders and even Diego and Rumble Johnson! Who cares if they lost to “#1” contenders! Who wants to see these bullshit re-matches? Let GSP fight 4 times a year and really “clean house”… And please Dana White & company put some fire underneath GSP’s ass to finish these fights. His last 5 or 6 fights have been absolute crap… FINISH FIGHTS PLEASE!!

  • Rece Rock says:

    For the win….

    Wishful thinking = Pit Bull
    Reality= Fitch

    The Fitch/GSP rematch is a tough sell to the fans, there going to need a good co-main event to do good buyrates.

  • kos-checkyoself says:

    I think Koscheck will be a good challenge. Let’s keep in mind that the two of them fought some time ago, and Kos has really improved his standup dramatically. He beat Daley (embarassed him actually) when many had him dead to rights b/c of Daley’s striking and heavy hands.

    Having said that, if GSP beats these guys, WHAT’S NEXT? I’d love to see a catchweight bout with Anderson…..

    I DO, however, see the point y’all are making about all these REDUNDANT-ass matches! My pick for “The rematch that few people actually want to see” would be Mir vs. Big Nog II, with the winner receiving….uh….nothing. HONORABLE MENTION: Liddell/Ortiz III (maybe a “retirement match” like they have in WWE? that’d be worth watching)

  • manny says:

    GSP needs to move up to fight A. Silva. I rather watch Silva dance in the ring than to see gsp beat everyone in the WW div twice.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    GSP has to nothing but win fights. better yet finish fights
    and as for why it took Fitch longer to get a rematch then Alves is simple common sense. Fitch is boring and Alves is not thats why. how hard is that to understand???

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    No matter who the champ fights ,his 25 min clinics of control are far more exciting than the 15 min snoozefest we will see on Sat night between Fitch and Alves.

    Fitch by UDec. …no,wait, MDec. … no,wait, SDec. …no.wait,UDec. ….no,wait…zzzzzzzzzzzz..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • silkshot61 says:

    Alves just missed weight…. again!!!! Anyone know if he’ll still get a shot if he wins?

  • infamousmma says:

    do some research the ww division has been labled the most boring to watch google the most boring fighter in mma fitch’s name is on there and on that list you will also fing gsp name there two not a fan i hope kos actually knocks his ass out prob wont happen but i hope alves takes this fight with devastating fashion and hope he knocks out gsp as well but if neither of those happen im hoping shields brings some life to the division with a clean fashionable devastating win can only hope


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