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Welterweight Top Contender Status On The Line At UFC 117

UFC president Dana White has officially dropped the gauntlet on welterweight studs Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves. The promoter announced during today’s UFC 117 pre-fight press conference that the victor of the long awaited rematch will fight for the belt in their next outing.

Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is scheduled to fight Josh Koscheck, Fitch’s American Kickboxing Academy amigo, when the pair complete their posts as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 12.” Oh yeah, about that ‘I’ll never fight my teammate’ thing…

“Yes, Jon Fitch will fight Josh Koscheck if he beats GSP,” White stated.

In their initial meeting at “UFC Fight Night 5″ back in June 2006, Fitch managed to land a vicious up-kick to Alves’ grill in the 2ndRound that ultimately put him out.

Fitch and Alves will throw down inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, California this Saturday at UFC 117.