When Dana White originally announced that the UFC was returning to Boston to help launch Fox Sports 1, he promised us a great card but didn’t announce any fights. The main event is still anyone’s guess, but according to MMAWeekly.com, a welterweight scrap between the resurgent Matt Brown and Thiago Alves is in the works for the card.
This is a very interesting fight to book. Not only because it features two of the welterweight division’s best strikers, but also because their careers appear to be heading in total opposite directions.
Matt Brown heads into this fight riding one of the most unexpected career comebacks in the sport. Just two years ago, Brown was a 12-11 “Why hasn’t he been fired yet?” gatekeeper who appeared to lack anything resembling submission defense. Five fights later, Brown is now 17-11, with four of those fights ending by knockout. During this stretch he has notably exposed Stephen Thompson’s takedown defense, ended Mike Swick’s bid for 2012′s Comeback of the Year, and most recently deflated the hype of Strikeforce standout Jordan Mein at UFC on Fox 7. While many fans still question Brown’s submission defense, let’s be honest, this fight likely won’t provide any answers as to how far that has progressed.
To say that things haven’t exactly been going as well for Thiago Alves as they have been for Matt Brown would be putting things mildly. Ever since coming up short against Georges St. Pierre in his title fight at UFC 100, Alves has gone 2-3, with no notable victories during this time frame (unless you’re counting his victory over Swedish prospect Papy Abedi back at UFC 138 as notable). His most recent outing saw him lose to Martin Kampmann by third round guillotine choke back at UFC on FX 2. Injuries have kept him out of action since that fight.
Fox Sports 1 is set to launch on August 17. We’ll keep you up-to-date as this card continues to fill out. But for now, who ya got winning this fight? And does it take home an end of the night bonus?