The UFC's much-discussed debut card on the soon-to-be launched FOX Sports 1 channel appears to have its first fight.
Welterweights Matt Brown (17-11) and Thiago Alves (19-9) have verbally agreed to fight on the Aug. 17 card in Boston, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed with MMAFighting.com Saturday. The fighters have yet to sign bout agreements, according to those same sources.
It is unclear at this time whether the fight will take place on the main card, however, it's important to note that Brown's last two fights have aired on FOX.
The 32-year-old Brown has dramatically turned his career around as of late, winning his last five fights in a row after losing four of five fights. During his current streak, which he extended at UFC on FOX 7 against Jordan Mein, he has finished his opponent in four of five fights.
This would mark Alves' first fight since March 2012 when he lost via third-round submission to Martin Kampmann in Australia. Since then, "The Pitbull" has battled injuries, undergoing multiple surgeries due to a torn pectoral muscle and then an injured PCL and ACL. The American Top Team veteran is 4-4 in his last eight fights.
FOX's Speed channel will be converted into FOX Sports 1 on Aug. 17, the same day as this event. The new channel, which will be available in over 80 million from the get-go, will be the new home of "The Ultimate Fighter," UFC Fight Nights, "UFC Tonight" and other UFC-related programming.
The Aug. 17 card, which will be held at the TD Garden, will mark the UFC's first event in Boston since UFC 118 in 2010.