An intriguing Welterweight fight, which promises to deliver fireworks, headlines the third foray for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in "The Land Down Under" when two of the best strikers in the division -- Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves -- go toe-to-toe in the UFC on FX 2 main event this Friday (March 2, 2012) from Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Alves, a Muay-Thai and kickboxing specialist, has had his up and downs in the UFC's 170-pound division as of late. After proving to be a one man wrecking machine by reeling off seven straight victories, which included a dominating win over UFC Hall of Famer and former Welterweight kingpin Matt Hughes, as well as wins over the always scrappy Josh Koscheck and the tough as nails Chris Lytle.
It was a sensational two-year run from 2006 to 2008 that culminated with "Pitbull" earning a long desired shot at capturing UFC gold against 170-pound champion, Georges St. Pierre. The two collided at the monumental UFC 100 card on July 11, 2009, and after five dominant rounds, "Rush" proved to be too much for Alves as he went on to win a unanimous decision victory.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, the American Top team (ATT) trained-fighter talks about how the magnitude of fighting for the title at such a huge event played a huge factor in his performance and how he plans on breaking Kampmann when the two lock horns in Australia.
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"The Thiago Alves that fought GSP was not prepared to fight at that level at all. I beat all the guys, I earned the title shot, not like most of the people that fought for the title that fought one guy. I actually cleaned out the welterweight division except (Jon) Fitch. But for that fight I didn't prepare myself well, mentally I wasn't prepared for that kind of pressure, the magnitude of the show."
On his pivotal clash against the equally dangerous striker Kampmann this weekend:
"I know I've got the power and explosion advantage. We're going to try and break Martin Kampmann. It doesn't matter where the fight goes. It's going to be my fight. I'm very concerned with what I'm going to do to him. I'm going to try to break him whether it's in the stand-up or on the ground. I have all the respect in the world for Martin Kampmann and his camp, but I truly believe that I'm going to break him, it doesn't matter where the fight goes."
Since his loss to St. Pierre, Alves' mixed martial arts (MMA) career has seesawed, going 2-2, with his latest win coming at UFC 138, dominating newcomer Papi Abedi from the opening bell, finishing him in the very first round with a rear naked choke.
Now, a very confident Thiago looks to build on his momentum by taking out the "Hitman" in Australia in hopes of climbing back up the ladder and reclaim his status as one of the top Welterweights in the world.
Can "Pitbull" live up to his words and break a very tough Kampmann? Or will the Dane propel himself up the ladder by making a statement of his own?