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UFC 117: Jon Fitch Vs. Thiago Alves

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 117: Silva vs.
Sonnen. To access our full coverage, click here.

Fitch enters the cage looking fired up, touches gloves with Alves before Bruce Buffer gets going. Herb Dean is reffing this one.

Round 1: They touch gloves and start scrapping. Fitch tries a head kick and it’s blocked. Alves throws a kick and Fitch goes for the takedown, he gets it and gets Alves’ back against the fence. Alves standing up but Fitch is on him like glue. Fitch will not let Alves get up, he drags him back to the ground with relative ease. Alves reverses Fitch and puts the AKA product on his back. Alves in Fitch’s half guard. Fitch is neutralizing Alves’ ground offense and “Pitbull” lets him back up. Fitch with a good knee. Thiago looks a little bit slower than usual but he cracks Fitch with a good right. Fitch with a good body-head combination. Again. Alves stuffs a takedown. Fitch tries and gets the takedown this time. scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.

Fitch says in between rounds that Alves feels weak in the clinch. The drastic weight cut and long layoff may be taxing Alves here.

Round 2: Fitch with a takedown early. Alves trying to fight it off but Fitch is relentless. Fitch is on Alves like glue and although Alves is showing competent defense he cannot stop Fitch from controlling this bout. Alves looks less explosive and quick than usual; whether it is because of Fitch, the weight cut, the layoff or all three is unknown at this point. Not much offense here but Alves just can’t stop Fitch from bullying him. “Pitbull” turns Fitch over and pushes him away in favor of a standup fight. Alves coming forward with some solid combos. scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.

Alves needs a finish here to win this fight.

Round 3: Fitch moving well, lands a nice leg kick. Alves looking to land big. The fight is staying on the feet so far and Alves is looking much better than in the first two. He gets out of a takedown attempt by Fitch. Fitch gets a takedown and they fight for position against the fence. Fitch has Alves’ back with a body triangle. With 90 seconds left it’s not looking like Alves can score the miraculous finish he needs. Fitch looking for an arm triangle. Alves rolls Fitch over and lands in his guard with 45 seconds left. Ten to go and Alves is all over Fitch. Too little too late. The two men embrace, Alves looks disappointed. scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.

Jon Fitch defeated Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27 across the board).

No interview for Fitch it seems.