“Just found out I’ll be back inside of the cage in May! Great news to finish the year!” wrote UFC welterweight contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.
Alves took to his Twitter account to announce his next date in the Octagon, which MMAWeekly.com reports will likely come against Rick Story.
“Pitbull” recently enjoyed a return to form, as he rebounded from a two-fight losing streak (he dropped unanimous decisions to Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch, missing weight and looking particularly uninspired in the Fitch loss) with a dominant performance over the tough John “Doomsday” Howard at UFC 124 earlier this month. Alves has long been considered one of the most talented fighters in the welterweight class and the American Top Team member known for his striking holds a professional record of 18-7.
Rick “Horror” Story made his UFC debut in June of 2009, dropping a decision to talented British fighter John Hathaway. He would rebound from that loss though, earning consecutive victories over Brian Foster, Jesse Lennox, Nick Osipczak, Dustin Hazelett and Johny Hendricks. His most recent appearance came against Hendricks, whom he surprisingly outwrestled en route to a unanimous decision win. Story’s professional record stands at 12-3.
The two are expected to square off on the UFC’s Memorial Day weekend show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but there is currently no venue or number attached to the card.