While the welterweight division looks towards a championship match in August between current titleholder
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight. There is currently a verbal agreement with actual bout agreements for the contest expected to be signed in the next few days.
Showing a true dedication to making his way to the top of the welterweight division, Alves has never been shy about facing top competition in the division.
Most recently, he finished former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight kingpin
Now Alves will have a chance to cement his placement in the division even more as he takes on the always-dangerous Sanchez in the co-main event of UFC 89 in England, sharing the spotlight with a middleweight bout pitting
Sanchez started his career with an unblemished record and looked to be making his way towards an eventual title shot before suffering the first loss of his career against longtime rival
Following a lackluster performance in that fight, Sanchez went to battle with Koscheck's teammate and current No. 1 contender, Fitch. Despite a strong performance, Sanchez dropped his second fight in row losing a close split decision to Fitch at UFC 76.
Since that time, Sanchez has returned to form, stopping
The match-up between Alves and Sanchez should produce fireworks as both fighters possess an amazing well rounded style, while maintaining an always intense pace.