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GSP: Alves Would Beat BJ in a fight, "I Would Bet all my Money on Thiago"

Written by Tom Ngo
June 25th, 2009
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UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is coming off the biggest win of his life after dominating BJ Penn at UFC 94, however he states that his UFC 100 opponent, Thiago Alves, is by far the biggest challenge of his young career. And GSP is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

“Thiago Alves is the most dangerous opponent that I have ever faced,” the UFC welterweight king professed on today’s UFC 100 conference call. “I know that he is good everywhere and I have to be on the top of my game if I want to keep the belt. ”

This is nothing new for GSP as he has always claimed his upcoming opponent was his most lethal. That may be his way of keeping his head screwed on straight, unlike when his dome was all out of whack after capturing and losing UFC gold the first time around.

This time is different though. This time, St-Pierre is willing to put up some cheddar to back his claim.

“I truly believe that if you put Thiago Alves and BJ Penn in a fight, I would bet all my money on Thiago Alves, no doubt about it,” St-Pierre emphatically stated. “That is how dangerous I think Thiago is.”

So either GSP will be standing in the bankruptcy line behind ProElite, or he’s absolutely convinced that Alves is capable of running through him like he has his previous seven opponents, three of which were former foes of the 170-pound king.

In his last three scraps, the Brazilian has destroyed Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan, respectively, much more impressively than the St-Pierre.

“I know how explosive he can be standing up,” GSP said of Alves.  “I know that he is really strong, really big. He beat Matt Hughes, the greatest welterweight champ ever, like no other man before. So I know that I have to be ready, and I will be.”

GSP has been on on Cloud Nine since recapturing his title belt at UFC 83, with endorsement deals and TV commercials now coming out the wazoo. But unlike two-and-a-half years ago, he is fully aware that an underdog can come in and rain on his parade.

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