Jon Fitch outworked and outwrestled Thiago Alves on his way to a decision victory. UFC President Dana White offered the winner of this bout a title shot against the winner of the upcoming Georges St. Pierre-Josh Koscheck fight, but the restless crowd and slow pace may convince the UFC boss to change his mind.
Alves looked listless for most of the fight's 15 minutes, perhaps suffering the effects of an ill advised attempt to cut weight from 200 pounds all the way down to the welterweight limit of 170 pounds. Alves is one of the best fighters in the world at 170 pounds-when he makes weight. The Brazilian who trains out of American Top Team in Florida has beaten UFC stalwarts like Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck, but has trouble reaching the 170 pound weight limit. Alves will likely be asked to move to 185 pounds after two high profile weight cutting failures and a failed drug test after testing positive for a banned diuretic while trying to shed pounds before UFC 66.
After the fight Fitch became the first fighter of the night not to be interviewed post fight by announcer Joe Rogan. That may be a bad sign for Fitch's possible title shot. The UFC may choose to go another direction after another Fitch fight that failed to capture the crowd's interest.