Thiago Alves: Georges St-Pierre is Not Going to Take Any Chances

Written by Tom Ngo
May 13th, 2010

Former UFC welterweight top contender Thiago Alves is quickly making his way down the road of recovery after having undergone an abrupt surgery in late March.

After doctor’s discovered a brain irregularity during a UFC 111 pre-fight screening, he was immediately pulled from his mulligan with Jon Fitch just 50 hours before showtime.

After a few weeks of R&R, Alves returned to training and his rematch with Fitch was rescheduled for UFC 115. However, it was not before fellow American Top Teamer Ben Saunders subbed-in on less than three days notice, only to be handed a lopsided unanimous decision loss for his troubles.

“I have nearly nine weeks to prepare for my next fight. Once I’m back in training, I will spend three weeks working my technical game, and then get in some hard training,” Alves told FightersOnly. “I saw what Fitch’s plan was [at UFC 111]. I am ready for him. I was happy I saw his fight with Ben Saunders.”

Although the talented Brazilian was pulled from the March 27th event, he paid close attention to another scrap inside the Prudential Center that night – the main event between welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy.

“I also saw GSP’s game – he’s just about takedowns now,” Alves stated. “He has great timing, but he’s not taking any chances. I don’t blame him for that. When I meet him again, I’ll have a much better strategy.”

St-Pierre handed Alves a convincing unanimous decision loss in their showdown at UFC 100. Although he started his career with a reputation for being a lethal striker, GSP has since morphed into MMA’s most lethal ground guru en route to becoming the planet’s baddest welterweight.

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