UFC welterweights Thiago Alves and Siyar Bahadurzada have been playfully baiting each other into a bout over the past few months while each heals up from training-based injuries. Now, it looks like Alves is willing to take it a step further and start talking trash instead of simply saying the match-up would be entertaining for fans or a good challenge for himself.

“He’s nothing compared to the level of competition I’m used to. I’m fighting in the UFC for almost seven years and I had never had an easy fight. He’s very cocky and I love fighting people who talk too much. It motivates me and brings out my best,” stated Alves in an interview with TATAME.

Alves also explained he felt Bahadurzada got lucky in his UFC debut when he knocked out Paulo Thiago this past April, adding, “If they fought again it would be totally different.”

In terms of when Alves wants to fight Bahadurzada, it seems he prefers the pairing to come sooner than later but understands it may not be until 2013 based on the UFC having to re-book fights previously attached to the since-scrapped UFC 151 lineup.

“I was hoping to fight later this year, but since UFC cancelled an event I guess I’ll only fight in January now. If it works out, in Brazil,” offered Alves. “It would be great to shut (Siyar) up, but I’ll fight whoever Joe Silva pairs me up with.”

“Pitbull” holds an overall record of 19-9 with eleven TKOs, while Bahadurzada has the same number of strike-based stoppages with a mark of 21-4-1.