Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin targeted for UFC on ESPN+ 2 in Fortaleza

A welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Max Griffin is in the works for February’s UFC on ESPN+ 2 lineup.

MMAjunkie confirmed the matchup between Alves (22-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) and Griffin (14-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is targeted for the event with people close to the situation. The people requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement

UFC on ESPN+ 2 takes place Feb. 2 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. The event airs on ESPN+ following prelims likely on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans haven’t been finalized.

Alves, 35, will make his record-tying 24th UFC welterweight appearance at the event. He ties Josh Koscheck and Matt Brown for the all-time record, and with a win could move into third on the all-time wins list at 170 pounds. The former title challenger is in the midst of a drought, though, with four losses in his past five fights.

Griffin, 32, returns to the octagon after suffering a loss in his most recent bout at UFC 226 in July. “Pain” has struggled to find consistency over his UFC run, alternating wins and losses over five fights since joining the organization.

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