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Classic KO: Thiago Alves Lays Jeff Cox Down to Sleep

(Props: ‘SmashedAceHole’ on the UG. Fight starts at the 3:03 mark.)

Before he was the UFC’s #1 welterweight contender and a Fight! magazine cover-boy, Thiago Alves was just a young scrapper whose last name was consistently butchered by announcers and commentators. Alvs’s Alvarez’s Pitbull’s eighth pro MMA match took place at a King of the Cage event in Cleveland back in February 2005, where he faced then-undefeated Jeff Cox, who entered the cage sporting maroon Aokipants and a hairstyle that might be described as a "nohawk." After missing a head kick, Alves grabbed a Thai clinch and found Cox’s snooze-button with a knee to the chin. He then fired punches into Cox’s grill until Herb Dean dove on to stop the abuse. Alves caught the attention of the UFC with the 15-second KO win, and would make his Octagon debut eight months later. All Cox got was the shame of waking up in Cleveland wearing red tights.

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kgweightlifter- July 1, 2009 at 10:11 am
I second that, looked almost like a double leg
Drizzal83- June 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm
Damn. Solid takedown by Herb.
Sjsurf- June 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm
wow. those pants are pretty damn 80's. Herbs shoes are pretty freakin sweet though. Ninja Dean. Alves ftw
Casa de los pantelones- June 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Alves is going to make GSP his bitch.
ktfo- June 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm
alves....the real pitbull. hes big as fuck for a welter, ufc 100 is going to be sick!
Sneaky Pete- June 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm
Wow. Alves is always a force to contend with. I saw too many opportunities for GSP to nullify his game and take him down though. I don't know if GSP could take one of those knees to the button though.
KidDinomite- June 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm
There's a promotion that actually does away with the Octagon and has a circular cage instead. Can't remember which one it is though. Damn, Alves and GSP is looking to be fight of the night come Jully 11th.
xFenixKnightx- June 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm
Who OK'd the Octagon? lol

I heard that the UFC tried to trademark "The Octagon" but it didnt pass because you can't trademark a shape. Ben, any knowledge of this?

If this is true screw that if I were in charge of Affliction or any other MMA promo I'd jack the Octagon cage too! It's just the best cage out there. Hexagon comes in a far 2nd.
Clyde- June 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Holy shit! Alves at 168? Don't expect to see that again any time soon.
Danxxx- June 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm
El Famous Burrito- June 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Nice FSU pajamas there, Slappy.

This is damn near a hate crime.
Just A Wrestler- June 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Just A Wrestler- June 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm
FIRST.. he looks like he fell asleep on the couch.
LockDown- June 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm
I don't know how Thiago didn't got charged by murdering people yet.