It’s back to Indianapolis for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as the popular MMA franchise returns to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 28, 2013. This is UFC’s second event held on Fox Sports 1.
Details of UFC on Fox Sport 1 were announced Saturday evening as UFC officials and spokesperson for Bankers Life Fieldhouse held an announcement before the press. The show was scheduled on August 28 but the tickets will not be on sale yet until June 14, 2013. This much-awaited MMA event will be held at the TD Garden in Boston.
So who will headline UFC on Fox Sports 1? Reportedly it will be a welterweight duel between Thiago Alves and Matt Brown. These two are thought to be the best in their divisions but let us look at each fighter up close.
Thiago “Pitbull” Alves is a 29 year old welterweight from Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil with 20 wins and only 9 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a loss against Martin Kampmann at UFC on FC 2 headline event last March 3, 2012; he was defeated via submission in 4 minutes and 13 seconds of round 3. Before his lost to Kampmann, he won against Papy Abedi at UFC 138 – Leben versus Munoz in November 2011; Abedi submitted after Alves applied a rear-naked choke and ended the match in just 3 minutes and 32 seconds of round 1. He had on and off victories from 2009 till 2010 but he has defeated strong fighters like Matt Hughes, Josh Kocheck, Chris Lytle and Karo Parisyan to name a few.
His opponent is Matt “The Immortal” Brown. He is a 32 year old fighter from Xenia, Ohio, United States. He currently has 17 wins and 11 lose in his professional career. His recent win was at UFC on Fox 7 Henderson versus Melendez in April 20, 2013 against Jordan Mein. He ended the match with a TKO in just a minute of round 2. His win against Mein was his 6th consecutive victory at the Octagon since 2012. He has been victorious over Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, Luis Ramos and Mike Swick.
More details about UFC on Fox Sports 1 will be announced weeks before the fight. This is UFC’s second time in Indianapolis; the first one was back in 2010 in a heavyweight event between Frank Mir and Mirko Filiipovic.