Ok lets stop the nonsense right now. I know I am a huge BJ fan, but Im gonna try to be a nuetral MMA fan in this discussion.
Thiago Alves is a very tough matchup for BJ, without question. But BJ actually faught bigger guys with better striking and was never even rocked. I challenge someone to post a gif of BJ getting rocked and put on queer street. It has never happened! So tell me how Alves is going to put BJ to sleep when noone has even rocked him. Not even LHW PHENOM Lyoto Machida.
Alves is a very good striker, with exceptional TDD. BJ is also a great striker with good TDD. But BJ has the better ground game. But the question is, can BJ take him down and use his incredible top game. He may not have the wrestling cred of Hughes or Kos but he gets takedowns when he wants them. So I wouldnt be surpised if BJ got a hold of Alves in a scramble and took his back and choked him out.
Another thing about Alves, his boxing isnt THAT great. I mean its solid, but he took some serious shots from Kos. I def think BJ can stand trade with Alves. I dunno if he will win all the exchanges but he will win a few for sure.
The bottom line is BJ has very good boxing. Alves has very good muay thai. BJ has a great chin, Alves seems to have a good chin cuz Kos hit him hard a few times. This fight seems to have close decision written all over it. Id pick BJ to win a close decision but I wouldnt be surprised at all if Alves earned enough points with leg kicks that he got the win. But either way this would be a close fight. There is noone from 185 and under that BJ couldnt at least compete with.
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