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UFC 85: Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves

UFC has announced that former welterweight champion Matt Hughes will take on Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC 85 in London.

After Chuck Liddell suffered a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the main event at UFC 85, I questioned whether UFC could put a main event in place that would sell on pay-per-view. Hughes-Alves is the UFC's attempt to do that, and the fight will air on pay-per-view, not on Spike.

I still maintain that UFC 85 does not provide very good bang for the pay-per-view buck, and that it's a tough sell when it comes two weeks after a much better card at UFC 84 and one week after EliteXC and World Extreme Cagefighting are putting on good shows.

But Hughes is a popular former champion, and Alves is on a six-fight winning streak and coming off an impressive victory over Karo Parisyan. Given the circumstances, UFC did a solid job of keeping a decent card in place after its biggest star got hurt.

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