Third times a charm, seems to be the sediment of the UFC, as Dana White twittered last night, announcing Jon Fitch (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) vs Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) for UFC 115 in Vancouver.
This would be the second time the two would collide, as Fitch holds the victory over Alves by TKO in round two at UFC Fight Night five in 2006.
The two were scheduled for a rematch on the UFC 107 Memphis card, but Alves had to withdraw, due to a knee injury. They then were re-scheduled for the recent UFC 111 card, but again Alves had to pull out due to a “brain irregularity” (arteriovenous fistula) which has now been corrected with surgery.
For Alves, this will be his first return to the Octagon since his loss over the current UFC welterweight champ, Georges st. Pierre back in July of 09′.
Fitch has won 12 of his last 13 fights, only lossing to the champ Georges st. Pierre. Fitch has had his 5 recent victories by decision, which may be the reason why the UFC has not chosen to give Fitch another shot at the title. That, plus his refusal to fight training partners Mike Swick, and Josh Koschek from AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) may be hindering his shot at the title, President Dana White has hinted.