See below for the latest match-making news emerging from the UFC’s HQ in Las Vegas.
Thiago Alves Vs John Howard – UFC 124 (December 11th)
After failing to make headway in his rematch with Jon Fitch, one of the welterweight divisions top fighters Thiago Alves will now face John Howard who also lost recently to Jake Ellenberger, snapping a four fight winning streak.
After spending much of his last two fights being pinned down against the mat by both Fitch and GSP, Alves will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to get into a stand-up battle with Howard who’s last two wins both came by knockout.
As well as looking to re-establish himself as a major force at welterweight, this will be a fight where Alves will also be looking to prove that he can still make that 170lb limit after failing to do so against Fitch.
He’s since hired dieting expert Mike Dolce to ensure that there’s no such problems this time around.
Stephan Bonnar Vs Igor Pokrajac – The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale (December 4th)
Stephan Bonnar finally broke back into the win column at UFC 116 after losing three fights on the trot, and he’ll hope to build on that when he faces Croatian fighter Igor Pokrajac at The TUF 12 Finale at the start of December.
Pokrajac hasn’t set the octagon on fire so far, going 1-2 since joining in September of last year, but his first round win over James Irvin back in August will give him confidence, and a victory over Bonnar would be the biggest of his career so far.
This will mark the first time that Bonnar has appeared in an Ultimate Fighter Finale since the very first one where be fought with Forrest Griffin in arguably the most important fight in the history of the promotion.
Phil Davis Vs Tim Boetsch – UFC 123 (November 20th)
Up and coming prospect Phil Davis is building up a head of steam in the UFC with three wins already in 2010, and the 25 year-old will have a chance to make it four when he squares off against Tim Boetsch at UFC 123.
Boetsch is currently enjoying his second spell in the UFC after 2-2 during his first run. After recording three wins in smaller promotions he was offered the chance to return and notched up a win over Todd Brown at UFC 117 last month.
Though he doesn’t have the flashy moves of his light-heavyweight counterpart Jon Jones, former NCAA Division 1 wrestler Davis is seen as another potential star of the 205lb weight class in the future.