Thiago Alves: GSP fights very very safe, not to lose


Under the "Dolce Diet," Thiago 'Pitbull' Alves turned in one of the best performances of his career at UFC 124 versus John Howard.

"I was talking to Mikey [Dolce] before and I was telling him about my experience cutting weight and all that," Alves said. "He told me, 'Thiago, you've been competing at the high level in the weight division at 60% of your athletic abilities. Can you imagine what you can do with 70, 80, 100%?' It motivated me a lot. I think the last fight guys saw 70%. This next fight against Rick Story, you guys are gonna see 80-85 and I can't wait to see 100% of me being healthy and ready to kill somebody."

"It was just, I didn't know how to pull out the weight. I didn't know how to lose weight. I did the most crazy things possible to lose weight. I went normal until fight week or starve myself throughout the training camp. Going through my training camp, I was just getting beat up because I had no energy to recover my body or even fight back to my training partners. That was my biggest issue.

"When I fought GSP  I passed out from Wednesday until Friday morning, then I fought on Saturday. When I fought Fitch, same thing."

"Before I use to walk around between 200 to 210. The highest I got was 212, but now I'm walking around between 195 and 200."

"Oh yes definitely," Alves said when asked if St. Pierre fights not to lose. "He just wanna take the belt home. You can't blame him, the guy did so much in the sport. He's a great champion. There's nothing you can say about the guy. He doesn't wanna go out there and put his career, his belt, on the line the way he should, but he's still the champion. He's still making the money and bringing the belt home and at the end of the day, that's all that matters."

St. Pierre was heavily criticized for his most recent performance against Jake Shields at UFC 129. St. Pierre was seen as a ridiculous favorite, someone who could nullify Shields' ground game and batter him in the stand up. Half of that was true. Shields was unable to get the fight to his mat, where he could execute his efficient Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but St. Pierre hardly demolished him in the striking department. Tentative round after tentative round slipped by with St. Pierre never turning up the pressure or wading in for the kill. The fight was blasted as the only disappointment in a night filled with excitement and intrigue.

"I was very, very disappointed," Alves said of GSP's win over Jake Shields at UFC 129. "I thought Jake Shields looked really good and I thought GSP didn't look at his best at all. You see his face after the fight and everything. I thought GSP would take way more risks with Jake Shields, especially on his stand-up. I knew Shields was gonna have a hard time trying to take him down and I knew he could of stayed on top without getting submitted. He just didn't want to take any chances and played very, very safe."

Read entire article...

Video streaming by Ustream

Related MMA gear from the UG Store


Affliction GSP Royal Guard UFC 167 Walkout Shirt

Affliction GSP Royal Guard UFC 167 Walkout Shirt

Only $57.99

TapouT Performance Fight Shorts

TapouT Performance Fight Shorts

Only $59.99


tags: UFC   GSP   Georges St. Pierre   Thiago Alves (detail)  

Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

TeamRenzo site profile image  

6/1/11 12:39 PM by TeamRenzo

Actually it is the opponents fault you fucktard! Slip or parry the jab, check the kick, stuff the TD.

JT29 site profile image  

6/1/11 11:40 AM by JT29

Thats funny, meanwhile Hughes has fought the blown up lightweight more than GSP has, and been finished twice by the blown up lightweight in humiliating fashion both times. Hughes legacy will be defined with wins over Frank Trigg as his career highs. Some greatest WW of all time we have there. Matt Hughes was merely there to keep the belt warm in a time that the sport was going through a major growing spurt. Sadly for him the real Champ arrived and so did perspective.

JT29 site profile image  

5/31/11 2:53 PM by JT29

Note to Thiago.Worry about yourself when you have a fight coming up. No one should really give a fuck what you think about how the Champ keeps winning, when you can't even beat Rick Story.

Fredrico site profile image  

5/31/11 2:34 PM by Fredrico

Thiago shouldn't criticize. His own game hasn't evolved.

figure four site profile image  

5/26/11 12:04 AM by figure four

Bruce said it first in Enter the Dragon...when asked what his style was...The art of fighting without fighting!

Calhoon site profile image  

5/25/11 11:54 PM by Calhoon

Nothing wrong with fighting not to lose.That is the philosophy to fighting that the Gracie's have preached since UFC 1.

SinCityHustler site profile image  

5/25/11 11:21 PM by SinCityHustler

 Hey no problem, just trying to keep you informed.  

suess site profile image  

5/25/11 11:10 PM by suess

 since you said so, it must be true.  that should lay this whole thing to rest.  thanks sin.

SinCityHustler site profile image  

5/25/11 10:21 PM by SinCityHustler

 Had GSP been given a title defense against Royce Gracie, he most likely would have avoided the fight at all costs, citing that he'll need time off to bulk up and has to discuss it with his team and his sponsors first.  Matt Hughes on the other hand went up in weight and STOPPED Royce Gracie.  Either you know nothing aboutMMA or you're trolling.  And while you're going on about fighting Trigg 4 times, perhaps we should see GSP take on a b;lown up 155 pounder for the 6th time.  

Proteus The Invincible site profile image  

5/25/11 10:15 PM by Proteus The Invincible

Damn that last post turned out as a mess.