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UFC Quick Quote: John Howard ‘hopes’ his bout with Thiago Alves ‘stays standing’ at UFC 124

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"I think his striking is legit, but I think with my boxing background and my Muay Thai, I think I can just bring a whole different style to him. I think I can put the pressure on him and make him react a little bit different, because he's used to bullying guys in the cage, but he can't do that to me because if he hits me I'm going to hit him right back. I get to use my striking and (everyone) will really get to see me display my skills and all that I can really do. I'm really excited about that. I can kind of relax and get into my mode and go for fancy stuff, like the flying knees, the elbows, Sityodtong, and everything like that. I can really go for it, so I'm excited about it. I hope this fight stays standing the whole fight, to tell you the truth."

-- UFC welterweights John Howard and Thiago Alves will trade leather this Saturday night (Dec. 11) from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at UFC 124. "Doomsday" tells MMAWeekly.com that he has a few tricks up his sleeve for the "Pitbull." Since entering the UFC, Howard has gone 4-1 with two of his victories coming via knockout. Alves, meanwhile, was on a seven fight-win streak before losing his title bout with Georges St. Pierre by unanimous decision at UFC 100. His most recent bout was a unanimous decision loss to Jon Fitch at UFC 117 where the muscle-bound Brazilian failed to make weight. He's now apparently motivated to make a run at the 170-pound title, which could spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Howard and any other fighter in the division for that matter. If "Doomsday" really does intend to stand and trade with Alves this Saturday night it will definitely end early. But for who?

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