I dont know if BJ would beat Alves but I know for a fact he wouldnt get worked like some of you are saying. BJ has faught much bigger guys before and has held his own against everyone of them. His chin is made of granite and I dont think Alves could finish him. I think BJ has much better hands than Alves, but Id give an edge in kicks and knees to Thiago. Do you really think Alves will finish BJ with leg kicks? Alves couldnt finish Kos, so I dont know how he would finish BJ wou has a MUCH better chin. Kos hurt Thiago a bunch of times in that fight with his boxing and I think BJ could do the same. I really dont know how anyone could say BJ would get killed. He has faught Machida, Hughes in his prime, and GSP all of whom were better fighters than Alves. Ill admit Alves is a tough matchup for BJ and it would be a great fight. But really I have no interest in seeing BJ fight someone that will outweigh him by 30 pounds come fight time anyway. Which is why after the GSP fight, win lose or draw he should go back down to LW and cement his legacy.
I would much rather see him fight GSP. Other than BJ, Alves is the only one at that weight class that has a chance. It would all come down to Alves' take down defense. If he can stay off his back, he has a good chance at finishing GSP. If GSP gets him down, Alves will get smoked.
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