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Thiago Alves takes on debuting Papy Abedi in November

The next step in hard-hitting welterweight Thiago Alves’ continued quest to return to the form once netting him status as perhaps the most feared striker in his division will come on November 5 at UFC 138 against undefeated newcomer Paby Abedi who is dropping down from middleweight for the fight.

The UFC announced the match-up earlier today along with its addition to the organization’s latest overseas offering.

Alves’ stock has taken a hit as of late based on losses in three of his last four fights and a dry spell in the knockout department. In fact, hasn’t stopped an opponent with strikes since mid-2008 after earning a reputation for flattening adversaries with a powerful, multi-tiered attack over the years preceding his recent lackluster run. However, while the 27-year old “Pitbull” seems to have lost his bite as of late, his overall ability isn’t in question with past victories on his record over Karo Parisyan, Chris Lytle, Matt Hughes, and Josh Koscheck.

The debuting Swede has gone 8-0 with seven finishing performances in his career but will have been out of action for more than a year when he finally meets up with Alves in the Octagon. Abedi has won five of his fights by way of TKO.

Their battle in Birmingham, England is the third scrap attached to the event with the other pair involving a headlining tilt between surging 185ers Chris Leben and Mark Munoz and British bantamweight Brad Pickett taking on submission expert Renan Barao.


  • Dufresne says:

    Though draw for Papy. Thiago may have lost 3 of his last 4, but those 2 of those losses are decision losses to GSP and Fitch.

    I think Thiago takes this one pretty easily to be honest. Papy is 8-0 with 7 finishes, but none are against notable opponents and although most of his finishes have come in the first round I don’t necessarily think that’s a good sign here. Thiago is a tough guy to stop in general, but when you add in the fact that Papy is coming down a weight class what I see happening is Papy tries to storm Thiago and the combination of the weight cut and UFC jitters causes him to blow his wad early and from that point Thiago picks him apart.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This smells of Koscheck vs Paulo Thiago all over again. Why is a UFC newcomer with 8 fights going up against one of arguably the top 5 guys in the WW division. Looks like they are trying hard to get Alves back on track here.


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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Papy is a decent fighter, strong finisher, pretty brutal at times
    he’s a big guy too, i’d be worried about the cut for him, dont think its something he’s used to.
    havent seen him fight in a couple years but this could be a good match up, quick but entertaining

  • GateKeeper Alves. I like this move, the UFC has done well. Thiago should stay no matter what. Papy is no Joke and has done what he should against name unheard. Alves needs to put on a show. Even if Papy has a hard time cutting weight, so does Thiago. I would be in the gym if I were Alves.


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