It appears hard-hitting Brazilian striker Thiago Alves will put his skills to the test against John “Doomsday” Howard at UFC 124 in Montreal this December. Alves will be looking to get back on the winning track at the event after losing his previous two bouts via decision to Jon Fitch and welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
“Doomsday” will also be looking to erase the taste of defeat against his opponent, as Howard’s recent seven-fight win streak was put to a halt in the third round of his August scrap against Jake Ellenberger when a doctor stopped action due swelling around his left eye. He is 4-1 in the UFC and should provide a good test for Alves in all areas based on his wrestling and knockout power.
News of the match-up was reported by MMAWeekly.
American Top Team’s Alves had also won seven consecutive fights before running into “GSP” at UFC 100 in July 2009. He is 17-7 in MMA with eleven victories by way of knockout.
Also notable about his pairing with Howard is the division in which it is set to occur. Alves, who has struggled to make the welterweight limit more than once in the past, forfeited 20% of his salary at UFC 117 for an inability to cut a final half-pound. The lack of professionalism drew UFC President Dana White’s ire who, as a result, said he felt Alves’ next bout should be at 185 pounds.
UFC 124 is scheduled for December 11th at the Belle Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The card is currently set to be headlined by St. Pierre defending his welterweight championship against Josh Koscheck.