A potential welterweight matchup may be on the horizon for two stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Welterweight contender Thiago Alves can be looking towards a fight against the hard-hitting Rick Story in 2011.
This past Friday, Alves confirmed on his official twitter page that he will be competing during a UFC event to be held in May. While his opponent has yet to be announced, many mixed martial arts news sites are pointing to Story as the man who will be standing across the cage from the one time title contender.
Alves is coming off his first win since 2008 with a strong showing against John Howard at UFC 124. During that fight Alves appeared to be in better shape and made the weight cut to 170 easily, thanks to using the Dolce diet. He pounded Howard with leg kicks and solid takedowns in route to a unanimous decision. Before this contest, Alves was defeated by Jon Fitch and current Welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
Story, on the other hand, has been on a tear in the UFC’s welterweight division. Rick has defeated five straight opponents dating back to September of 2009. During that time, he was defeated Dustin Hazelett, Johny Hendricks, Nick Osipczak, Jesse Lennox and Brian Foster. After defeating Hendricks at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, Story voiced his desire to fight someone in the upper echelon of the welterweight class.
At this time, the UFC has not made any announcements of an event to be held in May of 2011.
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