Dana White has confirmed at a press conference for UFC: Fight for the Troops, that Thiago Alves is the number 1 contender for the welterweight belt. Alves will face the winner of the Georges St. Pierre v. BJ Penn fight which takes place at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009. Alves earned the title shot with seven straight victories in the UFC. The past three have come against top competition in Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koshcheck.
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