I think Fitch wins this via UD. I believe that Fitch is either #2 or #3 in the WW division, his teammate Kos being in the other spot, and GSP being #1. Alves is legit and showed some nice TDD against GSP, but it took him a while before it became effective.
As far as welter weights go these two are both in my top five favorites. I like Jon Fitch as a person, and respect his skills, stylistically I prefer Alves hands down. In the end I'm siding with who I think has the better chance of beating GSP in a rematch. So I'm going with Alves, for the vote. When it comes to cheering at the bar, I'll just be quiet on this one.
Alves has had a long layoff but I also think Alves has improved alot more since the first fight if he has good TD which he has shown sometimes he takes which I hope he does I dont think I have ever enjoyed a Fitch fight his gnp is boring and unaffective
I'm not a fan of fiTch in any way, shape or form. So naturally I'll be going for Alves, and I'd like a finish. Sure the pitbull is coming off a long layoff, but he tasted the power of GSP, and if he's trained accordingly, fitch will be no problem.
I really don't think this fight is going to be close. Comfortable UD for Fitch. Alves had one fight where he showed above average TDD (Kos) and people over estimate him because of that. Fitch won't take him down as easily as GSP did but he'll get him there and keep him there enough to win the fight without being in danger.
I see Alves winning this. Alves could get up from underneath GSP and that was one of the few fights that I thought GSP could be in trouble(all it takes is one good shot to end it). Fitch doesn't have as good of wrestling or stand up as GSP and I think it won't be good enough to win a decision over Alves.