Alves vs GSP (UFC 100) Predictions?
- 06-15-2009, 02:42 AM
- 06-15-2009, 03:38 AM
alves's only respectable wins are against koscheck and an aged matt hughes. i think the fact that he has a title shot so soon speaks only to the lack of depth in the UFC's WW division. i honestly don't think he has a prayer.
- 06-15-2009, 03:43 AM
I dont think thiago is that special type of guy like silva, machida, gsp and bj are. He is a freak in his own right but likely to be beat due to his short range and inferior gnp.
06-15-2009, 04:53 AM
GSP wins, however to say he hasn't beathen anyone is silly. The only difference is BJ and Fitch between the two.
Either way, GSP via GnP rd 2
06-15-2009, 08:18 AM
06-15-2009, 02:53 PM
Alves looked intimidated by GSP at the end of the Penn/GSP fight (but that's just my subjective speculation). A mental self defeat may or may not be part of the equation, GSP/Serra 1, Lidell/Tito (all of them) style.
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06-15-2009, 03:41 PM
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06-15-2009, 04:16 PM
Alves wins this fight 2/10 times, as he really has nothing substantial to offer GSP. It will be far more competitive than GSP/Penn II, but still a dominating performance by GSP.
06-15-2009, 04:21 PM
06-15-2009, 05:22 PM
I am hoping Thiago wins only because I can't stand GSP. Alves is a pretty respectable fighter.
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Hendo via tko rd 3
Brock tko rd 1 (similar to the first fight)
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06-15-2009, 09:03 PM
i know gsp is way more rounded than alves but i do think alves can give gsp some problems, gsp is big for the weight class but alves is even bigger which could give gsp some problems, i'd like to see alves win but i'm in the minority, as for the other fights i think hendo over bisbing and brock over mir even though i can't stand brock lesnar in the ufc, listening to him in interviews just makes me hate him more and more everytime his cocky attitude says anything, and for the fact that he got a title shot so quickly
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06-15-2009, 10:26 PM
and that's notwithstanding the people who still see call him a fake wrestler, who know nothing of his elite, collegiate wrestling background. Either way, he seems to be a love him or hate him guy, from a spectrum of perspectives.
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06-15-2009, 10:46 PM
Ahhh...dont get me started on this fight, I could disect this match up for hours!! I really like both guys - both at the top of their game, are well rounded (even though GSP is more WR'd) and come from two of the best camps in the US.
I believe GSP wrestling/control and GJ's inspired gameplan will be the Key. However, Alves TDD is very much improved and if he catches GSP we are going to see just how well he can take a punch from Alves, which may not be that well later in the fight, where he will take progressive damage if he cant get Alves down. Alves is a little quicker than GSP and it will only take Alves a few shots to put GSP in danger.
GSP has been 5rds before, while Alves has not, but I dont see this being a large factor. Everyone has blown the Alves weight thing out of the water (pun intended), however, in reality over the last three years Alves has only missed weight once due to an injury and finally has the cut down to a science, and it shows has he has gotten bigger!
This will be a long great fight, with late TKO/KO by either fighter or GSP by UD. I am going to pick Alves by minor upset.....
06-16-2009, 11:49 AM
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06-16-2009, 12:11 PM
The huge, and I mean huge, X-factor in this fight is GSP's head. The memory of what happened against Serra (fluke or not, it happened) seems to still linger in his unwillingness to exchange. I know that his competitive advantage is his TD/GnP, but he is dealing with the most dynamic striker in his career in this fight. Kos and Hughes were unable to mount any sort of TD/GnP agianst Thiago, but I do believe that GSP is in a higher tier than them in terms of MMA TD. I expect GSP to use his front-switch kick to find his range and then use that to set-up his shot/TD.
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06-16-2009, 05:10 PM
Alves is the only welterweight that I'm aware of to ever have stepped into the cage bigger than GSP-199 against Hughes . I think it was Hughes . I do think Pierre will win regardless but I hope Thiago is tested stringently before/after the fight seeing as how he has tested positive for diuretics in the past . Steroid masking agent as well as highly effective in helping to shed water weight . I want this match to be legit no matter the outcome . WAR Van Da-I mean GSP !! It was after he defeated Tony DeSouza he popped positive for spironolactone and was subsequently suspended for eight months.
06-16-2009, 05:25 PM
From my perspective, Alvez's TDD is being overestimated. You could say he has fought three elite wrestlers: Kos, Hughes, and Fitch. However, Kos took the fight on a week's notice, Hughes' loss was his third in four fights, and Fitch defeated him; and to that end, GSP dominated the wrestling-match with all three of those fighters - and so, it is difficult to estimate how Alves will fair against [arguably] the best MMA-wrestler in MMA. None of the three above had the athleticism of GSP, which usually pays dividends in GSP's fights.
Unless Alves catches GSP with an early TKO/KO, this fight will play out similar to GSP's last five fights post-Serra I: find his range in the first round, aggressively pursue TDs through the second round and beyond, wear his opponent out, and then score a convincing UD and/or finish the fight. If Alves can use brute-strength to avoid TDs, he has a chance; if not, it will be a pretty dominant win by GSP.
06-16-2009, 06:00 PM
I believe GSP will end up winning this one, but I would not be surprised the least bit if Thiago catches GSP with a flying knee or a kick as GSP goes for a takedown.
As an overall fighter I pick GSP, but I do think Thiago has a good shot at an upset just from one hit knockout.
As far as Brock x Mir, I'll side with Mir again, and feel like Bispin will also pull an upset with a standup battle with Hendo.
06-18-2009, 08:54 AM
I'd also say that Thiago has a much, much better camp than BJ in terms of overall talent, S&C, and work ethic. I'm not saying that Thiago is the favorite, but I'd say it's 65/35, GSP.
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06-22-2009, 06:05 PM
lol no i am saying thiago wins just to upset gsp fans and if he does win say haha i called it! no it should be a pretty good battle tho i hope it ends somehow not decision.
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