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Thiago Alves Might Make Weight After All


From MMA Weekly:

As of 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves said he weighed 183 lbs…With thirteen pounds to go, Alves looked relieved, and the UFC felt the same. “That’s really good for me,” he told MMAWeekly. “Usually I get here (at) 188, 189, and I’m amazed with myself. 183, I’m like whoa. Everybody from the UFC was like, wow, I can’t believe it.”
Alves said a hellish training camp put him on track. “I’ve just been doing what I’m supposed to do more professionally,” he said. “No cheating on myself, things like that. Before, (it was like), ah, I’m going to skip one day. It would always catch up with me later on. I’d leave everything to the last minute.”

Of course, the stakes are a lot higher for this one. Alves already missed weight (by a whopping four pounds) against Matt Hughes at UFC 85, and was suspended eight months for using the diuretic spironolactone to make weight for his UFC 66 fight with Tony DeSouza. Your first-ever title shot during the UFC’s most historic event is no time to become a three-time loser. It’s time to be a professional or move up to middleweight where you can have that occasional giant rack of pork.

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Sjsurf- July 9, 2009 at 2:29 am
I think tall whitey needs to get Lonewolfs number and make him a cup of tea and talk GSP till the morning light comes
Dmonicideals- July 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm
I was curious about that too, Nasty. I could swear I saw GSP put the beatdown on Fitch for sure, because i'm watching it now, since y'all brought it up.

While Alves is a really great fighter, he isn't going to beat GSP this weekend. After decimating BJ, he has a head full of steam coming int othis match. I see the match going almost exactly like Max said.

They will clinch in the 1st, but I think GSP will takedown from there and beat up Alves for the rest of teh round and wear him out. When they come out in the 2nd, Alves gets knocked down by a kick, and GSP comes in to finish.
Jay Smith- July 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm
@ Tall White and dumb
What you say ain't law bro. Speak your piece and move the fuck on. Why be a dick to another MMA fan and diss his opinion. We're tryin to clean this site up from shit startin, shit talkin ho's like you and UFC Bitch.
NastyNudoh- July 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm
anybody watch Jon Fitch get destroyed on the feet? Matt Hughes took a beating so did Kos.. i think GSP can wreak house standing, even against Thiago.

anyway, big fan of cage potato love the stuff here. this is my first time posting i'll be putting my 2 cents in every once in a while
MaxTheLimit- July 8, 2009 at 11:57 am
I don't think he could do very well at middleweight at all. His shorter reach can be overcome in WW because the fighters there tend to have only a bit longer reach by comparison. once you get to the taller lankier MW the reach would be too much to charge past. They'd simply keep moving and a taller MW could have more arm reach than Alves has in leg reach.
I think that cutting weight is , in itself, an art and skill. A fighters ability to cultivate his body in the most effective weapon is just another piece of the complete fighter. I say no to weight changes after weigh ins. What are you gonna do? a dual set of weigh ins for every fight?
TheHuytonHandGrenade- July 8, 2009 at 11:50 am
The pitbull is one huge motherfucker does anybody think he would be a force in the MW division? i wouldnt mind seeing him fight someone like Nate Marquardt.This might sound daft but does anyone think that there should be a limit on how much weight they can put back on fro the weigh ins?
LoneWolf- July 8, 2009 at 11:28 am
Yep, its going to be a great one. I totally agree with the "Alves is so explosive, he has a chance to get the upset in the early rounds." I def think that if he can capitalize in that time frame, he just might do it (I hoping he doesn't of
Tall White and Working- July 8, 2009 at 10:21 am
right on about underestimating Serra, regardless of differing opinion, this fight is going to be sick. Maxthelimit that was a a well said analysis of the fight. Alves is so explosive, he has a chance to get the upset in the early rounds.
MaxTheLimit- July 8, 2009 at 9:54 am
Cutting from 183 still isn't easy.Alves hasn't made weight yet. He's only got a short time to cut down that last bit.
The biggest threat from alves is his pressure attack. He has vicious stirkes and reasonable ability to get past fighters with a longer reach like GSP.
My guess would be GSP backing up and let Alves approach. Once close to the cage spin and hold against the side. Work the body for a bit. See how Alves is for speed and streangth in the second round. If he seems tired I'm guessing GSP will shoot for a take down, hoping to wear down Alves more there. Repeat for the following rounds and likely win it after draining Alves completely by the final round, and just beating him down.
Alves needs to win early with aggressive striking or I don't think he can win.
LoneWolf- July 8, 2009 at 9:39 am
@Tall White and ...

Thats true, but I think GSP totally underestimated Matt Serra. I highly doubt hes underestimating Thiago. In terms of there stand up, I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree. Lets see what happens Sat, I can't effing wait!
Tall White and Working- July 8, 2009 at 9:34 am
Gay Smith, thats nice of you to stick up for your boyfriend, but i think he can fight his own battles,
Lonewolf, yeah agree about this being the fight i'm most excited for. The last time GSP stood with someone was with Serra, and that didnt end well for him. i know he is a totally different fighter now, but i feel that Alves is just a step better standing.
NewDawnFades- July 8, 2009 at 9:29 am
GSP won't be susceptible to Alves leg kicks. His movement is too good. GSP won't stand up for Alves 'grenades'. He'll drop down and take Alves to the canvas as soon as Alves overcommits, then it's only a matter of time. Alves can't try to punch from his back forever.
LoneWolf- July 8, 2009 at 9:04 am
This is going to be a great fight, by far the one I'm looking forward to the most! Everyone says that Thiago can't be beat on the feet, but I really believe GSP can do it....."he wants to destroy his opponents!" No but seriously, I don't think Thiago's striking is better than GSP's....sure hes had some great performances, but I don't think GSP will be uncomfortable wherever this fight goes, on the ground or standing.
Jay Smith- July 8, 2009 at 8:54 am
Who the hell made "Tall White and a dickhead" the scolder of the comment section???
I'm with you BuckWild, that's some pretty amazing shit. "ONLY" losing 13 pounds in 24 hours is CRAZY, and then to put 20 pounds back on in the next 24 hours almost seems impossible. GSP will get his ass though, and I do think it will be a clinic.
peanutbuttter- July 8, 2009 at 8:43 am
"I was like, whoa. And they were like, wow! And then I was like, unnggghhh. And they were like, huh? and I was like, yeeeeuh boiii"
doctorman- July 8, 2009 at 8:33 am
i meant to say G S P will beat him like a sunday morning hard on.
Tall White and Working- July 8, 2009 at 8:29 am
Every one is saying GSP will just walk in a take him down. Who said that was gonna be easy? i wanna see GSP win, i think he will, but it wont be a cake walk, or victory by clinic.
doctorman- July 8, 2009 at 8:26 am
G S P by clinic.
Tall White and Working- July 8, 2009 at 8:21 am
Buckwild said-
"I bet he walks in the octagon at 190 at least!"
Thanks for the insight Captain Obvious. Never thought of that. To keep going with obvious statements i think this will be the best fight of the night by far.
Canadian Chronic- July 8, 2009 at 8:17 am
GSP will gnp Alves into mush. He will only stand and trade with Alves after he has softened him up with a couple rounds of elbows to the face. Anyone thinking differently needs to give their head a shake
BuckWild- July 8, 2009 at 8:10 am
Dang those guys get excited about "only" losing 13 lbs in 24 hours ??? Thats crazy dehydration !!!

I bet he walks in the octagon at 190 at least!
C-Bus Allstar- July 8, 2009 at 7:59 am
GSP is going to take Alves down, and beat him into a blood stump. GSP isn't stupid enough to try to stand and box with a Muay Thai beast like Alves.. he's not stupid.
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 8, 2009 at 7:38 am
I think this is the upset of the night. Sad to say but I do. GSP thinks Serra hits hard? Wait he gets a load of Alves grenades.
Times Infinity- July 8, 2009 at 7:36 am
War GSP!