It's time to take a break from retirements, failed drug tests, ref shoves, and bad judging and focus on some actual fights the UFC has lined up for the summer. If you ask me, this is a pretty good one made by Joe Silva. Former title challenger Thiago Alves is set to take on Canada's Jordan Mein at UFC Fight Night in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 23rd.
Alves (20-9) returned from a 2+ year long layoff to beat Seth Baczynski in UFC on Fox 11's Fight of the Night. The Brazilian striker has struggled with injuries and consistency since his championship fight loss to Georges St-Pierre back in 2009. After winning 7 straight fights to get his title shot, Alves has yet to win consecutive fights.
Mein (28-9) made waves in the UFC by becoming the first man to stop Dan Miller, scoring a 1st round TKO at UFC 158. He then took on Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 7, where he engaged in a back-and-forth war before losing by 2nd round TKO. A full year later, the 24-year-old fought at UFC on Fox 11 and won a split decision -- although it should've been a clear unanimous decision -- against Hermani Perpetuo.
This fight is not just excellent from a matchmaking standpoint, but it really demonstrates how deep the welterweight division is when these two aren't ranked -- probably on the outer edges of the top 20 -- and it's still a very intriguing bout on paper with the winner trying to scrape their way up towards a ranked spot.
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