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Josh Burkman and Thiago Alves to fight at UFN 8

Well, it appears as though the UFC 67-UFC Fight Night 8 logjam has been resolved.

Welterweights Josh Burkman (7-3) and Thiago Alves (10-3) will clash on January 25 rather than The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist Chris Lytle (22-13-5) and Forrest Petz (12-3), according to

It's been speculated that Petz suffered and injury during training, which is the reason he had to withdraw from the fight.

I was looking forward to seeing Lytle in action at UFC Ultimate Fight Night (UFN) 8. But, it looks like we're going to have to wait a little while longer -- possibly UFC 68 against Matt Hughes (more on this soon).

This announcement is a bit surprising when you consider Alves just fought at UFC 66 on December 30, handling Tony DeSouza (10-3) rather easily en route to a second knockout via a knee.

Alves wasn't listed in the UFC 66 medical suspensions, so he must have escaped his most recent fight in extremely good condition to fight less than four weeks later.

Regardless, it doesn't look like this fight will even hit the airwaves unless a there is some extra time left over from the main card, which features:

185 lb.: Dean Lister (9-4) vs. Nathan Marquardt (22-6-2)
Hvwt.: Jake O'Brien (8-0) vs. Heath Herring (26-11)
155 lb: Spencer Fisher (19-2) vs. Hermes Franca (17-5)

Of course, the main event is a light heavyweight showdown between former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season two heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (9-0) and UFC newcomer Sean Salmon (9-1).

For the most recent UFC Fight Night 8 Fight Card click here.

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