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Alves Content to Play the Waiting Game

Written by Tom Ngo
November 4th, 2008

Coming off yet anther impressive win at UFC 90 over Josh Koscheck, Thiago Alves undoubtedly has positioned himself as the top contender to the 170-pound title.  However due to UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn’s aspirations, Alves now finds himself in a tough predicament. With Penn moving up a weight class to challenge Georges St-Pierre for his welterweight title on the last day of January, Alves must decide whether to sit and wait for the winner or take a fight in the meantime.

“I don’t really know because that’s something inside of me that I can’t stay still for too long,” Alves commented. “I have to punch somebody. I have to get in a fight.”

Top lightweight contender Kenny Florian had a similar choice to make after he defeated Roger Huerta at UFC 87. Knowing Penn’s intention to try an win another title, Florian immediately said that he wanted to fight again and not sit idle for a minimum of eight months.

However, it seems as though Alves’ camp is not willing to take the risk of suffering an injury or a loss that would affect Alves’ standing in one of the UFC’s deepest division.

“I don’t mind waiting. I don’t mind doing another fight, but my manager and my camp don’t want me to fight. They want me to fight for the title, so whatever they want me to do,” said Alves.”We’re going to have a meeting with Dana White and the Fertitta brothers at the next UFC and we’re going to talk about it. We’ll see what we’re going to do.”

There is no doubt that UFC 94 will have Alves’ full attention, however he doesn’t care who wins. He’s just thankful for the opportunity to be able to challenge for the title.

“Whoever the champ is let’s do it,” Alves said with confidence. “I want to fight the best in the world and I want to knock him out.”

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