UFC 89: Thiago Alves vs. Diego Sanchez Likely

MMAWeekly is reporting, that The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner, Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez (19-2) will likely take on top UFC welterweight contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (15-3) at UFC 89, October 18 from the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England.

According to a source close to the fight, No contract is signed, but a verbal agreement is in palace with contracts expected to be signed in the next few days.

Sanchez if coming off a impressive TKO win over Luigi Fioravanti at TUF 7 Finale this past month. His only blemishes on his young MMA record were to AKA fighters Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch. A win over Alves would again position Sanchez at the top of the 170lb division.

Alves is coming off the most significant win of his career, when he defeated former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes by TKO at last months UFC 85.