UFC 117: Jon Fitch knows Thiago Alves is bigger, stronger, and better

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"He's a lot better fighter now. He's bigger, he's stronger and he's got much better wrestling. He's got wicked knees and leg kicks. I can't let him establish his leg kicks and control the pace. But I know a lot more about him. The first time we fought, the only tape I had on him was one match with Spencer Fisher and I only had a six-week training camp."

Perennial top welterweight contender Jon Fitch talks to Yahoo! about his long overdue rematch with Thiago Alves at UFC 117 on August 7. Fitch admits that there is very little he can take from their first fight back in 2006 in which the Indiana native scored a second round TKO victory over the Brazilian striking machine. Both guys are completely different fighters in their own right, so fans probably shouldn't expect the same type of fight either. The contest which will likely determine the next challenger for the welterweight crown along with the winner of the Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann bout at UFC 121 has seemingly been overlooked by the media and fans alike coming into the highly anticipated event. So, let's change that. Who takes the rematch and puts themselves back into contention for another shot at 170-pound gold?

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