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Disaster nearly struck last week when Diego Sanchez suffered torn rib cartilage while training for his co-main event fight against Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on October 25, forcing him off the card with less than two weeks until showtime.

“The Nightmare,” fortunately, was short lived.

With one quick phone call to the management team of Josh Koscheck, the promotion had secured a worthy replacement — a top contender who could keep the 170-pound title implications intact and would no doubt present another stiff test for the powerful Brazilian Muay Thai specialist.

Alves has been on a tear, leveling — not just winning against — the opponents put in front of him, including division stalwart Karo Parisyan and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. In fact, “The Pitbull” has not tasted defeat in more than two years and is riding a six-fight win streak, finishing all but one of the bouts during that span.

Not the caliber of fighter anyone wants to take on with just 12 days notice. Unless, of course, your name is Josh Koscheck.











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Post #1   10/22/08 8:30:04AM   

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I think Kos is going to lose this one. Alves has frightfull striking, Kos does not. Alves is a blackbelt, yes? That tells me that Kos will probably take him down a few time until Alves figures him out, and when he does, he will be just fine fighting off his back.
I think this was a better matchup for Diego than Kos for exaclty that reason. I do want to see this fight because I want to see Kos's hair turn pink with his own blood. I dont like the guy at all. He's too much the jock fratboy that I disdain.

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Posted by saemskin

I think Kos is going to lose this one. Alves has frightfull striking, Kos does not. Alves is a blackbelt, yes? That tells me that Kos will probably take him down a few time until Alves figures him out, and when he does, he will be just fine fighting off his back.
I think this was a better matchup for Diego than Kos for exaclty that reason. I do want to see this fight because I want to see Kos's hair turn pink with his own blood. I dont like the guy at all. He's too much the jock fratboy that I disdain.



I desagree i think KOs will win this one by LnP, he is gonna take Alves down and control him for 3 rounds, he just needs to stay out of his sub attemps. I hope Alves proves me wrong becaus i can't stand KOS and i like ALves style but i think this is one will be going to KOS

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What makes you think that Alves can be held down? That hasn't happened to him since his early fights in the UFC against guys like Fitch. A lot has changed with his game since then. I think this will finally be the fight that pust Alves over as a dominant force in the WW division. I think that when it comes to a skill set, he probably poses the biggest threat to GSP of anyone in the division right now.

We've seen what GSP does to the best wrestlers in the game. And we also know that he can be caught. Thiago has top level striking, certainly enough to put someone down in a single shot. His sprawl is good, and always improving. And if he is taken down, he's very hard to keep there.

I'm not saying that he can beat GSP, but I think he poses a much more compelling match-up for the belt then Kos.

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Posted by bojangalz

What makes you think that Alves can be held down? That hasn't happened to him since his early fights in the UFC against guys like Fitch. A lot has changed with his game since then. I think this will finally be the fight that pust Alves over as a dominant force in the WW division. I think that when it comes to a skill set, he probably poses the biggest threat to GSP of anyone in the division right now.

We've seen what GSP does to the best wrestlers in the game. And we also know that he can be caught. Thiago has top level striking, certainly enough to put someone down in a single shot. His sprawl is good, and always improving. And if he is taken down, he's very hard to keep there.

I'm not saying that he can beat GSP, but I think he poses a much more compelling match-up for the belt then Kos.



I agres on the fact that the Alves vs GSP fight would be 100 times more interresting than a rematch with Kos but IMO opinion if there are 2 people that can hold alves down its KOS and GSP.

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mad props to Kos for taking this fight

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We're all assuming Alves makes weight.....

5 pounds over for the Matt Hughes fight is a hell of alot.

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Posted by saemskin

We're all assuming Alves makes weight.....

5 pounds over for the Matt Hughes fight is a hell of alot.



Only because of an ankle injury though

Post #8   10/22/08 4:44:42PM