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Old 08-18-2008, 03:00 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Thiago definetly has the Power on his side but i wouldnt underestimate Diegos striking. I dont think he is going to win on the feet but I think he will keep it very competitive and I dont see thiago getting an easy KO. If it goes to the ground its all Diego though. I dont really see how Diego has an overated top game. I think its definetly the best part of his game and his mount is one of the best. If he sticks to his skills instead of trying to win a boxing match I think Diego takes this fight.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:45 AM   #22 (permalink)
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i don't know how diego can win this fight....he's outclassed standing, he doesn't have the takedown ability to take alves down, and he doesn't have the ability to hold him their if he does get the takedown.....not to mention, alves can probably hold his own off his back against diego (who has a madly overrated top game)...

this fight is so much less competitive than people think....

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I think you're absolutely right. Diego has a couple of fights that tell me this. First and foremost he lost to Kos, which isn't all that shameful because the guy has talent, but it established how he wasn't able to take him down at all. Secondly he decisioned Parysian who again is no slacker himself but let's take a look at how Alves matched up against similiar opponents. He had a very successful match against Matt Hughes where he was able to nullify his GnP and proceed to knock him out. He was also able to nullify Karo's clinch and knock him out. I really don't have that much respect for Thiago because of his tendency to miss weight. I feel like if he has as much trouble as he has been he should consider moving up. But I hate Diego. I think he's an arrogant brat. I think Thiago has a much faster pace, great ground defenses and can put talented people away. Sanchez hasn't competed with someone like this guy. It'll end relatively quickly. 1st or 2nd round via knock out.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:00 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I want Diego to beat this tool..I hate Alves..he looks like a Kid but he's going bald?? Unfortunatley I think Alves will KO Sanchez
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:22 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Diego has a good chin. Only way I see Alves Koing Diego is with a knee.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:25 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Oddly, I'll be pulling for Diego in this fight. I'm not a huge Alves fan. That being said, I'm not a huge Diego fan either.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:27 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I think you're absolutely right. Diego has a couple of fights that tell me this. First and foremost he lost to Kos, which isn't all that shameful because the guy has talent, but it established how he wasn't able to take him down at all. Secondly he decisioned Parysian who again is no slacker himself but let's take a look at how Alves matched up against similiar opponents. He had a very successful match against Matt Hughes where he was able to nullify his GnP and proceed to knock him out. He was also able to nullify Karo's clinch and knock him out. I really don't have that much respect for Thiago because of his tendency to miss weight. I feel like if he has as much trouble as he has been he should consider moving up. But I hate Diego. I think he's an arrogant brat. I think Thiago has a much faster pace, great ground defenses and can put talented people away. Sanchez hasn't competed with someone like this guy. It'll end relatively quickly. 1st or 2nd round via knock out.
yeh...thiago is a slow starter...he usually has at least a feel out period of about 2-3 minutes...depending on how aggressive his opponents...while diego comes out guns blazing. if thiago can survive the first round w/o taking much damage, he'll probably win the fight.

perhaps diego will pull guard but IMO that would be really stupid. everytime we see thiago on top of someone he does serious damage. look at his fight w/ hughes, alessio, and the best being tony desouza (who he MAULED from the guard).

contrary to what seems to be popular belief...alves is VERY competent on the ground. and i think he can handle anything diego has planned.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:40 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Diego is relentless and will outwork Alves to a Unanimous decision. People need to stop comparing Hughes and Diego, they arent the same fighter. Diego might not have Hughes' wrestling cred but he is scrappy and will find a way to get Alves down.
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Diego's got a tonne of heart, a decent chin, and his standup is actually pretty underrated. His scrambling is excellent and his ground work from on top or on his back are both very good.

I believe Diego will take this fight by a decision.

That being said, I think Alves is probably a bigger threat to GSP than Diego is.
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Predictions never work on MMA, specially KOS... I predict a win by decision! haha - half of the fights usually go to decision, that I have noticed.
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I dont know why he hasnt gone up in weight class because I can honestly see him tooling the entire mw division with the exception of hendo and silva. I think those are the only two guys that would give him a problem at 185. He just wants that ww title that bad I guess.

He cuts down from 200 pounds which I find funny because when you see him fight hes never at 100 percent.
He is big for 170 but small for 185. I don't think he could hang with the best in 185 and for sure would not have a chance of winning the middleweight belt.
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