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After UFC welterweight Jon Fitch's original opponent, Ricardo Almeida, was forced to withdraw from a UFC 106 contest due to injury, the American Kickboxing Academy product agreed to instead meet Thiago Alves at UFC 107.


But Fitch again finds himself without an opponent, as AOL FanHouse is reporting that Alves has now been forced to withdraw as well.


AOL FanHouse's report cites a torn posterior cruciate ligament as the culprit, though MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) has thus far been unable to verify the assessment.


Alves had been scheduled to face Paulo Thiago on the "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" card but was pulled from that bout in favor of the highly anticipated rematch with Fitch.


It's currently unknown who, if anyone, the UFC will look to match Fitch up with now. Thiago is also currently awaiting a new opponent. While a simple solution would be to pair the two welterweights together, Fitch defeated Thiago soundly in July, making a rematch this soon seem highly unlikely.


Featuring a lightweight title fight between current champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez, UFC 107 is slated for Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn.


With the apparent loss to the card, UFC 107 now includes:



Champ B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (for lightweight title)

Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir

Jon Fitch vs. TBA*

Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida

Paul Buentello vs. Todd Duffee


Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia

Shane Nelson vs. Matt Wiman

Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks

Lucio Linhares vs. Rousimar Palhares

Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Johnson

Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant

* - Not officially announced


this sucks..i really wanted to see this

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I don't think anyone but GSP could beat Fitch right now. He handled Alves last time, ground and pounding him until he caught him with an upkick off a reversal, not a takedown, by Aves. Then he beats Paulo Thiago handily after a devastating knockout of Koscheck. I think Fitch needs a matchup against these so called contenders. He's a step above the rest.

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