Alves fires 'takedown, takedown' corner man

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie.com
 

Following a last-minute loss to Martin Kampmann this past month at UFC on FX 2, onetime welterweight challenger Thiago Alves has let go of a cornerman whom he said gave him bad directions during the fight.

Alves takes some responsibility for a takedown attempt that led to him getting caught in a guillotine choke moments after stinging Kampmman with a big right hand.

But he said it's not the first time he's had troubles with the member of his team, who also acts as a jiu-jitsu coach.

"I didn't know how bad [Kampmann] was hurt," Alves told MMAjunkie.com Radio. When you're fighting, you're in the zone. You just react to stuff, and my cornerman was like, 'Takedown, takedown, takedown.' I went for it and just made a mistake."

Thiago Alves has let go of a cornerman whom he said gave him bad directions during the fight. Alves takes some responsibility for a takedown attempt that led to him getting caught in a guillotine choke moments after stinging Kampmman with a big right hand. But he said it's not the first time he's had troubles with the member of his team, who also acts as a jiu-jitsu coach. "I didn't know how bad [Kampmann] was hurt," Alves told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "When you're fighting, you're in the zone. You just react to stuff, and my cornerman was like, 'Takedown, takedown, takedown.' I went for it and just made a mistake."" target="_blank">read entire article...

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thebasher site profile image  

4/8/12 7:21 PM by thebasher

if he'd have taken him down properly he'd have been fine - Alves is an idiot

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4/8/12 6:39 PM by smac 2.0

figured it was next generation levitra.

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4/8/12 6:05 PM by DeuceDroppin

Where the hell have you been? It's that fairly new Internet radio thing. You should try it out. You can even get it as an app for your smart phone.

KONY 2012 site profile image  

4/8/12 6:01 PM by KONY 2012

Find the trigger! keep him at your range and fire at the trigger!

UGCTT_JaseHxC site profile image  

4/8/12 5:52 PM by UGCTT_JaseHxC

 I'd really like to see Alves switch up his camp. No disrespect to ATT as they are worldly in terms of training and what they offer to their fighters, but I always wonder what would happen if Alves ventured out of his comfort zone. RoufusSport comes to mind...

sim site profile image  

4/8/12 5:49 PM by sim

Alves got caught, it happens. Obviously Kampmann caught him with a guillotine but the last time Alves got tapped was 7 years ago against Spencer Fisher. He's no slouch on the ground. He's fought Hughes, GSP and Karo on the ground and wasn't submitted. Yea, he didn't shoot on them but it just shows that Alves knows how to grapple. He was taking his opponent down in his last fight and no one was complaining then and if I'm not mistaken Alves got rocked early in the first round against kampmann so he wasn't winning every exchange. I agree 100% that it would have made more sense for him to finish the fight standing instead of trying to take him down but if Alves successfully finished the takedown and landed some nice ground and pound to end the fight, I wouldn't have thought it was a bad idea either. On the other hand, if a bjj guy with decent striking had a gameplan to trade with a really good striker and ended up knocking him out, I would have said good job but it probably wasn't the smartest gameplan even though you came out with the win. I don't think there's anything wrong with his decision. If he doesn't feel comfortable with his cornerman then by all means he should let him go. I'm just saying the cornerman isn't probably as bad as everyone is making him out to be. My point is that sometimes coaches get too much blame for a fighter's loss.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

4/8/12 3:13 PM by duckhuntgangsta

I thought the same thing at first because it did seem out of character for Thiago. It was also a lazy poorly executed TD. 

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4/8/12 2:06 PM by ufcman187

I am not taking up for Alves, but listening to your corner is what you are supposed to do. They shout out instructions they think is in your best interest. Sometimes good, in this case OFF THE CHARTS BAD.

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4/8/12 11:53 AM by duckhuntgangsta

 This is not a sound anaology. If your advisor told you to "itemize your taxes and include all charitable donatations" and you listed every dollar you gave over the last twenty years and then got pissed at this person because you got audited that would be a little more accurate.  Thiago knows how to do a take down. The fact that he executed it so poorly make it look like he recieved bad advice. If he loked sharp getting Martin to the groud no one would be having this conversation.

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4/8/12 11:06 AM by InYourMomaCloset

 I'd offer a retort to the above question, but this covers it pretty much exactly. And I assume you mean plethora. Yes, I know what it means, and I'm wondering the relavence of such an abstract question relative to this context??