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Amilcar Alves: UFC 118′s New Guy (Besides James Toney)

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Since you’re probably tired of hearing about James Toney and his wack-ass smack talk, we’re going to leave him out of today’s installment of The New Guys. Instead, we’ll focus on a fighter who actually has a decent chance of winning his UFC debut at #118, and will probably stick around for one more fight even if he loses. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the other guy who will be entering the Octagon for the first time on Saturday…

Experience: 11-1 record (seven wins by first-round stoppage), competing for various Brazilian promotions. Last competed in December 2009, avenging his only career loss with a 59-second knockout of Fernando Paulon.
Will be facing: Mike Pierce (11-3, 2-1 UFC), in the first fight of the preliminary card.
Lowdown: A product of the red-hot Nova Uniao team in Brazil, Amilcar Alves is a training partner of such elite fighters as Jose Aldo and Marlon Sandro. The judo black belt plans on being a crowd-pleaser: “I know what audience and the promotion expect from a newcomer: to be a ferocious and hungry dog, and this is what I want to [be]. I know what I’ll bring will please the person who’s a UFC fan, much aggressiveness and versatility…I’m capable of bringing new tricks to the table in any moment.”

Before making Nova Uniao his home, Alves was a member of Ruas Vale Tudo; he fought his first Muay Thai match in 2003 before entering MMA competition in 2006. Alves was previously under contract to make his American debut with Shine Fights, but was generously released by the organization after "Worlds Collide" fell apart and the promotion’s next event became uncertain.

Alves is confident that he has the tools necessary to take out his first UFC opponent: "I’ve seen Mike Pierce’s fights. He’s a strong and explosive fighter. His strength is takedowns. I’m going to train in takedowns so much not just to face him, but to become a more complete athlete…I know my stand-up is better than his so I will explore it. But if the fight goes to the floor there won’t be any problem because I train at Nova Uniao and I think I don’t need to speak about the jiu-jitsu that is worked on from there and all the champions that have been formed."

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Leonard Washington- August 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm
@ everyone

Amilcar is a black belt in Judo with 25 years of experience, so he's got good TD defense and a strong clinch. He's got plenty of legit stoppages on his record, and powerhouse strikers are not always the most textbook fundamentally.

Obviously, considering his past level of competition, Pierce should absolutely be the heavy favorite... but Amilcar ain't no bitch. He's very Korean Zombie-like in that he will likely win a bunch of fans even if he loses.

Solid article.
TL416- August 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm
MMA/Boxing Highlight Videos NEED a new song to use.
Artist Formerly Known as Roach- August 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Problem with lots of first time UFC fighters that come from "competing for various Brazilian promotions" is that they rarely face or train with elite level wrestlers. And no matter how great the camp is- he wont be takedown ready unless they imported some Iowa or Minnesota boys for training partners.

It's the same problem mid-west promotion fighters have when they step into the cage with an elite jitsu practitioner.

I would like Alves's chances a lot better if he was a sick BJJ guy with good stand up... cause he will be spending a lot of time on his back... (like Maia/Sonnen...)
On the other hand, Brazilian strikers always ruin my predictions with last minute submissions (damn u anderson)
still stoked that the ufc is bringing in fresh talent to test the waters...
DazedNConfused- August 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm
He's Brazilian, and has Jose Aldo as a training partner. That alone gives a high possibility of this being a very entertaining fight. But yes Peirce is a beast, and will put up a good show. I don't see him submitting Alves though, those damn brazilians are so sneaky.
FlashinLeather- August 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Might want to update the cagepotato bio on Pierce
Mr_Misanthropy- August 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm
@ Gay Priest

Brock Larson is 29-4-0 and wins most of his fights by stoppage (mostly submissions, but still better than decisions). I may be a bit biased because the first fight of his I saw was where he destroyed Kevin Knabjian with a brutal left hook, but the dude generally shows up to put in some work. I was thinking it was Mike Pierce that destroyed him but it was Brian Foster (not the other Brian Foster) and he's a solid dude. Larson fought Mike Pierce to a relatively close decision and he's only been stopped twice in his career, once by the Foster TKO and once by a Carlo Prater armbar (fightfinder makes me an instant MMA expert). So yes, in my eyes, the guy is an animal.
JCVD as Timecop- August 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Pierce did really well against Fitch... I'm inclined to put my money on him.
WholeMilk- August 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm
I like Alves in this one...pierce is too one dimensional...Plus, training with aldo will teach you to school wrestlers.
Kid Clam Curtains- August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm
This kid looks good. Should be a good fight since Pierce is no joke.
Reverend_Clint- August 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm
I put up a fight of Amilcar's over at fightlinker where he won by tko... his opponent punched his own arm out of socket.

Mike Pierce FTW
Jaye Priest- August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Brock Larson an animal????? lol.............
Mr_Misanthropy- August 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm
This guy is going to get tooled against Mike Pierce. I'm not even a Pierce fan but he was able to hang with Fitch in a very close decision and he whooped Brock Larson's ass, and Larson is an animal. This Alves guy doesn't look that sharp against the low level competition he's facing in his highlight video, lots of wild winging hooks and wasted strikes and not even a single definitive stoppage. No offense to him but I don't see him having a lot for Pierce (although I thought Jacare was going to run out of gas on Kennedy so what do I know...).
Jaye Priest- August 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Yeah!! This cat looks nasty......Trains outta the same gym as Aldo. I got him picked on my Fantasy and threw down a $100.00 bet on MMA playground on this fight. If I win it's got a payout of over $400.00..........................WAR AMILCAR!!!!!!
Get Off Me- August 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Great article.
very interested how this new Alves kid is going to do, classic stand up guy vs. takedown guy, stand up guy working on his ground game every day in preparation for the fight...should equal a decision victory for Pierce, but look what Calvacante was able to do....It is nice to see the stand up fighters beating the ground guys every once and a while, I'll go with Alves in this one if I can get a good line on the fight.