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UFC 183 results recap: Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein fight review and analysis

Last night (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015), Thiago Alves and Jordan Mein competed in a stand-up duel at UFC 183 inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an incredible comeback win, "Pitbull" finished his foe with a body kick. Find out how below!

Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Jordan Mein and Thiago Alves looked to position themselves as top contenders last night (Sat. Jan. 31, 2015) at UFC 183 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mein entered this bout with a fair bit of momentum, as he looked very good in each of his UFC bouts thus far. Even in his sole loss to Matt Brown in a wild battle, Mein had his moments and demonstrated his fluid boxing skills. With a win over his veteran foe, Mein hoped to break into the top 10.

Alves, meanwhile, was looking to earn the first high-profile victory since he dispatched Josh Koscheck way back at UFC 90. The Brazilian desperately needed this win if he ever hoped to make his way back to the title, rather than be relegated to a more common action-fighter role.

Mein had a pretty spectacular first frame. For much of the round, Mein avoided the vast majority of his opponent's strikes while landing his own low kicks, right hands, and even elbows.

Then, he turned it up in the final minute. After nearly lifting Alves from his feet with an uppercut, Mein stalked the Brazilian into the fence and swarmed with combinations. To his credit, Alves remained composed, kept his guard high, and even returned some counters.

Still, it was quite a definitive round for Mein.

Mein was very loose to start the second round, even doing a little forward roll at one point. Then -- without absolutely no warning -- Alves uncorked a body kick, which caused Mein to grimace in pain and crumble to the mat. "Pitbull" wasted no time and jumped on his opponent with a violent flurry of punches, ending the bout.

Wow.

Mein did just about everything right in the first round. His movement and angles were excellent, as he was rarely touched and landed plenty of his own heavy strikes. Overall, he simply neutralized the Brazilian.

But none of that mattered once Alves landed his power kick. While it wasn't the dominant victory Alves was surely looking for, it was a phenomenal comeback win and a reminder that "Pitbull" packs legitimate knockout power in each of his strikes.

Additionally, Alves showed that he's no longer a fiery young upstart. Instead, Alves is now the refined veteran, able to endure tough moments, wait for his opportunities, and viciously capitalize.

With this victory, Alves is back in the mix. For his next fight, a rematch against Rick Story -- who upset the Brazilian during his own rise to the top a few years ago -- would certainly be an interesting battle.

As mentioned, Mein fought very well. Perhaps he was a bit too relaxed in the second frame, but everything was going his way up until that point. A lot of times, that same relaxation will allow Mein to open up further and secure the finish.

Mein is still without a signature victory. It's been a while since the Canadian has been forced to deal with a smothering grappler, so a match against Dong Hyun Kim would be a challenge for "Young Guns." Besides, if Kim continues to slug like a mad man, the UFC can never have too many brawls.

At UFC 183, Thiago Alves dispatched of his opponent with a cracking body kick. Can Alves make his way back into the division's elite?

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