Jon Fitch vs Ben Saunders at UFC 111 Alves Ellenberger r out


Dana White has told TMZ.com that Ben Saunders will replace Alves for the bout at UFC 111. If Fitch (21-3) can pull off a win, White says he will next in line for the title shot. This would not be Fitch’s first shot at the title as he lost to current Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre back in August 2008 by unanimous decision.

Fitch and Alves were scheduled to fight in a featured UFC 111 bout with potential title implications. The duo first met in 2007, when Fitch defeated Alves. however, an irregularity in a pre-fight CT prompted the new Jersey State Athletic Control Board understandably to err on the side of caution and nix the rematch. As we reported earlier today, Alves’ agent, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, said the fighter doesn’t have any serious injuries or ailments and hopes to return at UFC 112 in April.

Fitch looks for his fourth straight UFC win since a loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Saunders, meanwhile, recently rebounded from his first career loss (to Mike Swick) with an impressive KO win over Marcus Davis.

Jon Fitch vs Ben Saunders at UFC 111 Alves Ellenberger r out


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