According to MMA Weekly, welterweight standouts Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez will clash at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England:
“…American Top Team knockout artist Thiago â€œPitbullâ€ Alves is slated to return on Oct. 18 to face former â€œUltimate Fighterâ€ winner Diego Sanchez. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight. There is currently a verbal agreement with actual bout agreements for the contest expected to be signed in the next few days.”
Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) tarnished his unbeaten record for the first time in 2007, dropping back-to-back decisions to seasoned grapplers Josh Koshcheck and Jon Fitch. Sanchez would rebound in 2008, putting away David Bielkheden and most recently Luigi Fioravanti at The Ultimate Fighter 7 finale. Diego is a product of Greg Jackson’s submission fighting camp, and is known for his well-roundedness and tenacity inside the octagon. Sanchez holds notable wins over Joe Riggs, Karo Parisyan, Nick Diaz and Kenny Florian.
Thiago Alves (15-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is riding high off of a huge TKO victory over Matt Hughes at UFC 85, though the “Pitbull” was met with much criticism due to his inability to make weight for his bout with the former welterweight champion. Alves has showcased excellent Muay Thai and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiutjitsu. Like his future opponent, Thiago has also succumbed to welterweight contender Jon Fitch in the past, and holds notable wins over Karo Parisyan, Chris Lytle and Marcus Davis.
It seems only natural that the winner of Alves-Sanchez be placed a heck of a lot closer to a shot at the coveted welterweight title, which will be on the line when champion George St. Pierre takes on Jon Fitch at UFC 87 “Seek and Destroy” this August.
UFC 89 features a 185 pound main event meeting between English native Michael “The Count” Bisping and hard hitting Chris “The Crippler” Leben.