It appears a welterweight rematch is in the works for Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch to meet again at UFC 111. The bout originally was slated for UFC 107 in December, but Alves was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.
In a recent report by MMAJunkie.com, both fighters have verbally agreed to the match, though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
The two first met in June of 2006 at UFC Fight Night 5, in which Jon Fitch won in the second round by TKO. The win for Fitch was part of an astounding 16 fight win streak that eventually ended at the hands of welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Since that defeat, Fitch has won three consecutive against Akihiro Gono, Paulo Thiago, and Mike Pierce.
After falling short to Fitch the first go around, Alves went on a 7 fight winning streak of his own. During the span he won decisive victories over Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, and former champion Matt Hughes. Alves, like Fitch, fell short in his title bid against St. Pierre at UFC 100, in which he lost by unanimous decision.
UFC 111 takes place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is expected to be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his title against Dan Hardy.