In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves (16-3) made some bold predictions about his upcoming battle with the UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (18-2) at UFC 100. “I’m not just going to win,” said the challenger. “I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to shock the world.”
The matchup between Alves and St. Pierre will be the co-main event at the landmark event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on July 11th. The main event features a rematch for the heavyweight title between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.
Alves had a breakout year in 2008 earning TKO victories over top contenders Karo Parisyan and Matt Hughes. He finished off the year with a dominant decision win over Josh Koscheck in October of 2008 at UFC 90. In fact, the 25-year old Alves has defeated his last seven opponents in the Octagon and hasn’t lost a fight since June 2006 against Jon Fitch.
The “Pitbull” trains as a member of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. Alves, a native of Forteleza, Brazil, utilizes a brutal style of Muay Thai striking that has led to a 9-2 record in the UFC. His only defeat, aside from Fitch, was in his UFC debut against Spencer Fisher at Ultimate Fight Night 2 in October of 2005.
Alves’ career in the UFC has had a few setbacks as well. He tested positive for the illegal use of a diuretic and was subsequently suspended for eight months after a bout with Tony DeSouza in late 2006. Alves also missed weight by four pounds against Matt Hughes in his first main event fight at UFC 85 in London. Now Alves appears ready to challenge for the title and should give St. Pierre a serious test.
The Montreal native, Georges St. Pierre, has defeated nearly every top contender in the welterweight division as well as several former UFC champions. He owns victories over Matt Hughes (twice in three fights), BJ Penn (twice), Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Karo Parisyan, Sean Sherk and a slew of other top fighters. St. Pierre’s last win over BJ Penn was marred by allegations that he greased up to gain an unfair advantage. He’ll be looking to put that story to rest when he steps into the cage with Alves on July 11th.
With both fighters seemingly in their prime, this matchup is sure to excite MMA fans and provide some definite clarity regarding who is the top fighter in the world at 170 pounds.
“I’m real excited,” Alves states. “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. I know GSP is a great fighter, but it’s just my time.”