Either way the MMA community consensus is the #2 welter weight in the world will be crowned with the upcoming Thiago "The Pitbull" Alves vs Jon Fitch UFC 111 bout, but why so little hype? Is Fitch really that boring of a fighter to the MMA world that the UFC has decided to shy away from promoting this fight, is the GSP/Hardy and Mir/Carwin fight enough or is there still bad blood between Dana and Fitch?
Regardless of opinion Fitch(21-3) has only lost to GSP since 2002, regardless of his style their is no doubt Fitch knows how to win and has little problems with any other opponent besides of coarse GSP. His mauling style may seem boring to some of the more casual MMA fans, but there is no doubt his ability to control the fight and take the will power out of his opponent is only out done by the great GSP. With a win over Alves their is nothing else to prove and is very deserving to get another shot at the belt.
And one of the top young fighter in the world and most fierce strikes in Alves who has only lost to Fitch and GSP himself since 2005 is one of MMA's most exciting welter weights in the world. His leg strikes are some of the most wicked strikes in MMA, though they do leave him exposed to takedowns, he must learn to not over use them against Fitch or GSP. This is a fight Alves must try and keep standing and a perfect fighter to go against and prove worthy of another title shot.
I give the stand up to Alves and the ground game to Fitch, both for obvious reasons and it will come down to who can dictate were the fight takes place. But regardless this fight is a huge fight in the MMA world and needs to be talked about more. Both the GSP and Mir fight could be quick fights, but this fight is by far the "guaranteed" most even fight of the night with two top three welter weights any way you put it!
My pick in this one is Alves in the third by TKO, I believe he will be improved and is more focused and ready for the take down than ever. Below are a couple quotes from both fighters, please leave your opinions below maniacs and start hyping a great fight.
“I’m thrilled and already prepared. I’ve been waiting for this fight for four years and now I got the chance for the revenge. I like revenges. It’s time to payback. I think I was too young when we fought. I wasn’t new in the sport but was in UFC. This American system of losing weight, everything else… Nowadays, I’m a totally different fighter. I learned a lot and I am more experienced and a much better fighter when it comes to standing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu… It couldn’t be a better time. I’m coming off a loss and I want to go back to the winners list. Beating Fitch, I will fight for the belt again. I want to take him on, and go after the belt, no matter who holds it. I think Saint Pierre is going to win but you never know. If it’s Dan Hardy, I’ll take the belt from him and get the revange with St. Pierre next.” - Alves
"I’ve made huge improvements in my last year of training. I think I’m at the point where I can technically matchup with [Georges St. Pierre] and I think I can beat him. I think right now I’m a better fighter than him. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to prove it. [Thiago Alves] is a very powerful guy with great leg kicks. Since the last time we fought he has grown mentally. He is just all-around a stronger opponent mentally and physically since we last met. It’s going to be a hell of a fight and I believe it’s a fight I need to prove that I deserve a rematch against GSP." - Fitch