UFC officials on Monday confirmed the bout first reported by the Bangor Daily News.
Alvey (23-5, 1 NC) currently holds the Maximum Fighting Championship 185-pound title, but last competed on May 31 under the NAFC banner, winning a unanimous decision over Gerald Meerschaert. That followed three consecutive victories in the MFC, including winning and defending the middleweight belt.
Alvey, however, is no stranger to the UFC. He was part of season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter, having been coach Shane Carwin’s top pick. He faltered in his quarterfinal bout, not having been used to fighting at welterweight, and now returns at 185 pounds to give the Octagon another go.
Watson (16-7) has been fighting in the Octagon for the past two years, but has only managed a 1-3 record during that stretch. His only victory for the UFC is over Stanislov Nedkov, while losing to Brad Tavares, Thales Leites, and Nick Catone.
Odds are yet to be released, however, it is expected that comparison sites such as www.bettingsports.com/ will have Watson as the clear favorite.
The only other bouts confirmed for the Aug. 16 event at the Cross Insurance Center are Tim Beotsch vs. Brad Tavares and Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May.