MMAjunkie.com is reporting
that Thiago Alves
is likely to be added to the card for UFC 78
on Nov. 17 in Newark, NJ.
Alves, currently on a three fight win streak, last fought for the UFC
at UFC Fight Night 11
in September, defeating Kuniyoshi Hironaka
via verbal submission at 4:04 of round 2. It was his first fight back back from suspension after he had tested positive for a banned diuretic at UFC 66
Junkie does not name an opponent for Alves at UFC 78 but the rumors section at MMAWeekly.com
lists Ryo Chonan
as a possible opponent.
Chonan, a veteran of both PRIDE
, recently signed with the UFC and holds a win over current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva
Despite his submission victory over Silva at PRIDE Shockave 2004, Chonan plans to compete in the UFC’s 170 lbs. division.
According to Junkie, Alves’ bout could be televised on the main card. If he’s in fact matched up with Chonan, that would increase Alves’ odds of fighting on the main card.
Additional matches rumored for UFC 78
- Thiago Alves
vs. Ryo Chonan
- Karo Parisyan
vs. Hector Lombard
- Spencer Fisher
vs. Frankie Edgar
(Edgar has confirmed the match)
- Tamdan McCrory
vs. Akihiro Gono
- Joe Lauzon
vs. Jason Reinhardt
- David Terrell
vs. Ed Herman
A main event has yet to be signed for the card but according to reports, it’s believed that the UFC is trying to sign a rematch between Rashad Evans
and Tito Ortiz
for the card.