With a lot of talk surrounding what kind of fight card the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is going to put together for it's debut on FOX Sports 1 later this year, the first reported match up for the event has finally trickled in.
Matt Brown will go from fighting on back-to-back FOX cards to the FOX Sports 1 debut event when he welcomes Thiago Alves back from an extended hiatus in a welterweight contest between two striking specialists at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 17, 2013.
The piece of matchmaking is a bit curious as Brown is currently on a career-high five-fight win-streak while Alves has dropped four of his last six and has not competed since March 2011.
Brown (17-11) is in the midst of one of the most stunning career resurgences in UFC history as he has reeled off five consecutive victories after a stint where he lost four of five bouts. Brown's last two victories were particularly impressive as he knocked Mike Swick out cold at UFC on FOX 5 and then just a few month later stopped rising Canadian prospect Jordan Mein at UFC on FOX 7.
"The Immortal" has requested increasingly difficult competition as his win-streak grows and he will certainly be in for a stern test in the former welterweight title challenger Alves.
Alves (20-9) has struggled to find consistency in recent years, fighting only three times since the beginning of 2011 and losing two of those bouts. Since failing to capture the 170-pound title from Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, Alves has gone 2-3 with his only victories coming to low caliber opposition in John Howard and Papy Abedi.
The 29-year-old has been on the sidelines nursing pectoral muscle, PCL and ACL injuries since his come-from-behind loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2. Once again healthy, "Pitbull" will look to regain the form that earned him a seven-fight UFC win-streak from 2006-2008.
It is unknown at this time if Brown vs. Alves will take place on the preliminary or main card of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event.