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Alves Banks on Rocky Mountain High for UFC 100

Written by Tom Ngo
July 8th, 2009
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With the biggest fight in his young career less than five days away, Thiago Alves can feel at ease with the fact that he just completed the sickest training camp of his life. The welterweight top contender believes that Colorado’s mile-high mountains will help him reach his lofty expectations.

The American Top Team superstar spent a few quiet weeks at his home in Coconut Creek, Florida before heading to Colorado Springs, Colorado to embark on the most intense five-week training session he has ever endured.

“It’s a title shot … I’m going to do everything I can to get there, and Colorado is just another thing that I have to do,” Alves stated. “It’s was five weeks, we’ve got our house [out there ]and everything, and all we did was train and sleep and train.”

Alves is drawing upon the high-altitude training he did for his scrap against Karo Parisyan one year ago. Although he knocked the Armenian out in less than 2Rounds, he knows that a 5Round affair against 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre is awaiting him and he will have to take his preparation to another level.

“I just want to kill the guy [St-Pierre] and run through him. I’m bringing this belt home,” Alves said.

And how exactly does he intend to jack the title from the welterweight division’s golden boy?

“I’m going to look for the knockout,” Alves confidently said. “I’m going to make him pay for every mistake. I know he doesn’t make many mistakes, but … I’m going to make him make those mistakes, and he is going to pay for everything.”

It is the most anticipated fight in MMA this year, and the kicker is that they aren’t even UFC 100‘s main event. These two studs will be the opening act on July 11th at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for the heavyweight unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.

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