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UFC Replaces Thiago Alves on Fight Card

3/25/2010 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A fan favorite on "The Ultimate Fighter" has stepped up to take the spot of UFC fighter Thiago Alves' spot in UFC 111.

UFC Replaces Thiago Alves on Fight Card
The man getting into the Octagon is "Ultimate Fighter" contestant Ben Saunders -- a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

UFC guru Dana White tells TMZ Saunders called him and asked for the fight, after Alves was benched because of an irregular CAT Scan, as TMZ first reported.

White tells us if Saunders wins against Fitch, he'll get a title shot with Georges St-Pierre.

Saunders was scheduled to fight Jake Ellenberger on Saturday but now Jake is the odd man out. White tells us he'll pay Jake his fee and schedule another fight later.

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T.C.    

Should have called John Alessio. IMO. Always in shape and hungry!

1486 days ago
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r.s.    

Saunders wasn't champ of ultimate fighter season six...Mac Danzig was.

1486 days ago
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Jason Chambers    

lol who the fk cares? this is fckn bs.

1486 days ago
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Geoff    

Are you kidding, Ben Saunders has done no where near enough for a title shot. I do like how Dana assumes GSP will beat Hardy though.

1486 days ago
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Faybarpio    

Ben Saunders is NOT an "Ultimate Fighter" champ nor is he considered a master of jiu-jitsu. He was on the Ultimate Fighter, but lost. Ben's stand-up is what makes him dangerous. Can't recall ever even seeing him on his back.


1486 days ago
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Sandy    

Wow! Guess you don't need muscles to be outstanding! Jiu jitsu must be one heckuva all-encompassing sport!

1486 days ago
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jason    

hi. you're statement about Ben being an "ultimate fighter" champ is sort of inaccurate. Okay, it's not sort of inaccurate it's plain wrote. He was on TUF, that is true but lost to Tommy Spear in the quarter finals. I give you A for effort for covering MMA, but you could at least check the wikipedia. #JustSayin

1486 days ago
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Seraf666    

Dana White is KING! This guy knows how to run a business not to mention how to promote it. Making lemonade out of lemons is his specialty....

GO DANA! GO UFC!

1486 days ago
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Kevin    

Ben Saunders was far from the The Ultimate Fighter champ he never even made it into the semi finals.

But for post #4 Who said anything about a title shot ? Im sure if the fight between Fitch and Alves wouldve determined a #1 contender.

But now there will be no clear #1 contender and GSP will have to step up to 185.
I SMELL A SUPERFIGHT COMING !!!!

1486 days ago
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victorpark    

What a bunch of homowners...

1486 days ago
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jason    

hmm my comment didn't get posted... I'll repost it.

Ben Saunders was not the "Ultimate Fighter" champ. He lost in the quarter finals to Tommy Spear. I give you an "A" for effort for including MMA in your Sports topics but you could at least do some fact checking in Wikipedia. :/ please.

1486 days ago
12.

oL0    

Thanks for keeping us abreast of this riveting news story. Can't wait for what TMZ will dig up next. I with bated breath.

1486 days ago
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Daneen    

WTF...is this TMZ or ESPN? Are you telling me nobody worthwhile died, cheated on their spouse, got arrested or flashed a private part today???

1486 days ago
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Geoff    

#8 wrote:
"But for post #4 Who said anything about a title shot ? Im sure if the fight between Fitch and Alves wouldve determined a #1 contender."

Please read the part in the above article thats says "White tells us if Saunders wins against Fitch, he'll get a title shot with Georges St-Pierre."



1486 days ago
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goolsbinin    

I think Ben Saunders is a great replacement... He destroyed Marcus Davis in their last fight and he will make Fitch engage him... Which is exactly what Fitch doesn't like... Fitch is a boring fighter who grinds out victory's... He is content out wrestling his opponents for boring decisions... Saunders won't allow that... He is a Muay Thai specialist if anything and will make Fitch stand and Bang with him... I love the match up!!!

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