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Thiago Alves thought he’d won

I thought Thiago Alves looked a little too pleased with himself immediately after his fight with Rick Story ended. Turns out the guy thought he’d won the fight:

“It was a close fight but I truly believe I won the second and third round for sure, that why I was celebrating at the end of the round. But the judge didn’t think so, so… I was surprised; I knew it was close. The first round I knew he had [won] for sure,” he said.

“The second round I know I took him down and controlled him from top for a little bit and landed a few shots, the third round I just dominated. In my eyes [the fight] comes down to the third round – but I guess not. I just thought it was a bad decision.”

The second round saw Story doing more of what he did throughout the entire fight: backing Thiago Alves into the cage and forced him to spend his time warding off takedowns. That one takedown Thiago managed lasted all of 20 seconds before Story reversed out of it, and doesn’t make up for the three Story story landed. It’s true that Rick didn’t exactly do much other than that, but he did have Thiago stuck against the fence like he was handcuffed to it.

Alves made some improvements on his takedown defense, fighting off several and getting up quickly on others. Maybe his plan was to use the fence to help him stand again. If that’s the case, he needs to learn how to deal with wall and stall. Otherwise, may I recommend this helpful Judo Chop from Bloody Elbow on how to circle away from the freaking cage once in a while? Pinned to the mat or pinned to the fence, you aren’t going to win many rounds in the judges eyes.

  • agentsmith

    I’ve never taken a striking class in my life, and even I can tell that FAR too many MMA fighters allow themselves to get backed up straight into the cage.  Even Arlovski, for all he’s supposedly worked with Freddie Roach, made the same mistake against both Rogers and Kharitonov.

  • Symbul

    The way Story won is a shitty way to win a fight (not one of you wouldn’t cry foul if it was Fitch doing that shit) but Alves let it happen to a large degree. He can maybe blame his corner if they weren’t pointing it out to him but getting pushed into the fence has a ridiculous amount of sway on judges and he was enabling Story’s gameplan by walking himself into the cage, time and again.

  • iamphoenix

    this just means there should be no cage. and when a fighter keeps backing straight up people have to move out his way until he makes it out the stadium then he wins. new rules time meow.

  • Reverend Clint

    he thinks he won and i think he sucks… opinions

  • kvelertak

    Cheeaaagooo did land some cracking shots, but story just controlled the fight.

  • iamphoenix

    you think if Story gets knocked out mike goldie will shout “END OF STORY!!!!” ?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    First:  Mr. Phoenix is brilliant.

    Second:  Mr. Alves is not.

  • P W

    The ref does not have a healthy skin color. I’ve seen zombie movies were the make-up department weren’t able to pull off that kind of convincing goulish grey.

  • iamphoenix

    i agree DJ. Wait until i hit the big time.