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Thiago Alves Welcomes Undefeated Newcomer Papy Abedi at UFC 138


(Papy wears that hat in memory of his late grappling coach, Fred Sanford.)

With three unanimous decision losses in his last four fights, former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves is going to need to start rackin’ up the old W’s if he wants to stay relevant (and keep his job) in the UFC. His next bout will give him the opportunity to rebound like a boss or crash and burn. MMAWeekly reported yesterday that Alves will face recent UFC signee Papy “Makambo” Abedi at UFC 138, November 5th in Birmingham, England.

A Congolese fighter who now fights out of his adopted home of Sweden, Abedi has racked up an 8-0 record (5 TKOs, 2 subs) competing throughout Europe, most recently scoring a first-round submission against Nathan Schouteren at a Superior Challenge event last October. The 32-year-old holds a black-belt in judo, and trains at the HILTI NHB camp in Stockholm. Though Abedi has spent the majority of his career at middleweight, he’s decided to drop to 170 for his UFC debut. Check out some vids of Papy in action after the jump, and let us know how you think he’ll fare against Alves…


(Papy Abedi vs. Nathan Schouteren, 10/29/10)


(Papy Abedi vs. Alan Carlos, 5/30/09)

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Todd M- July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Hey nickyroose easy on us Ozzy's, and damn remind me not to smoke bones in the staircase when I visit!
HEY- July 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm
I like fashion shoes. Like the Nike. Also the jeans and the decorations.
danomite- July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm
won't make weight. won't even come close
for the love of mma- July 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Alves is going to low kick the shit out of this guy. Alves wins by tko-leg kicks
KidDinomite- July 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Thiago Alves is one of my favorite fighters in the UFC but I feel as though he needs to explore other camp options. American Top Team is hailed as one of the absolute best camps out there and yet I haven't seen a real standout from there other than can crusher extraordinaire, Hector Lombard. I think Alves coould learn a lot if he trained with guys like Dominic Cruz for footwork and speed as well as Team Quest or Greg Jackson's for wrestling. It would be awesome to see him turn around his lack of wrestling defense and be unpredictable with his strikes which is what I think his fight style needs at this point.
happhap- July 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm
thanks for sharing my video!
cool opportunity for papy, nothing to lose.
El Guapo- July 20, 2011 at 11:10 am
No papi, papi.
"DON'T CALL ME PAPI AGAIN!"
Yes, papi.
Piznti- July 20, 2011 at 10:58 am
is anyone else a bit upset that the first time this guy fights at 170 its gonna be in the biggest event of his life? i feel like hes getting setup.
newaza01- July 20, 2011 at 10:46 am
Judo time mOfo
Fried Taco- July 20, 2011 at 10:45 am
I think the kid kept calling the cop Papi cuz he thought he was his dad
dirtbag62- July 20, 2011 at 10:24 am
Whoever taught that cop how to handle a weapon needs to be slapped
ArmFarmer- July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am
Wow that cop is kind of a dick. "I think this guy might be sitting around smoking a joint minding his own business.. better go scare the living fuck out of him"
nickyroose- July 20, 2011 at 9:40 am
Was anyone else totally surprised by the Alan Carlos fight? I mean a seemingly smart and appreciative crowd, well judged and reffed (by a guy with a fucking Australian accent? [FBF aside that place is a wasteland]).

Except for that wack-ass ring instead of a cage that was impressive.
Get Off Me- July 20, 2011 at 8:26 am
I can't wait to hear Thiago say Papy in interviews...remember how he referenced Jon Fitch "Feeech".
Chael should give Papy a call on how to deal with a traingle choke and how to GnP an opponent.
I think the Pitbull will win this fight, but I know one of these guys ain't making weight on the first try.
FrontKick Dentist- July 20, 2011 at 8:17 am
Being from the Congo he might eat or rape the pitbull.
HEY- July 20, 2011 at 8:12 am
Either Pitbull food or Pitbull fired.
eatthatvomitdog- July 20, 2011 at 8:02 am
Pitbull food,
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