Welterweight contenders Karo Parisyan and Thiago Alves are set to battle at UFC 84 on April 19th
Parisyan (18-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has remained in welterweight title contention since his first fight with the UFC in 2003 but has yet to receive the elusive shot at the championship. Parisyan was scheduled to face then-champion Matt Hughes at UFC 56 but had to pull out of the fight due to an injury and has yet to receive a chance at the title. Since losing to Diego Sanchez in late-2006 Parisyan has won three straight fights against Drew Fickett, Josh Burkman, and Ryo Chonan.
Alves (13-3 MMA,6-2 UFC) opened his career in the UFC with victories against Ansar Chalangov and Derrick Noble as well as losses to Spencer Fisher and Jon Fitch. Following his loss to Fitch in mid-2006 Alves has won four straight defeating John Alessio, Tony DeSouza, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, and, most-recently, Chris Lytle.
The fight joins an impressive rumored lineup that includes a welterweight title bout between Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre, a lightweight championship bout featuring Sean Sherk taking on either BJ Penn or Joe Stevenson, and Rich Franklin versus Travis Lutter. Other rumored fighters include Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jason MacDonald, Jonathan Goulet, Jeff Joslin, and Sam Stout.