Thiago Alves

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote event, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Josh Burkman, who weighed-in two pounds over the welterweight limit. He will be given one hour to shed the extra weight.

UFC 90 is headlined by reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against heavy-handed contender Patrick Cote. Rising welterweight sensation Thiago Alves will look to continue his winning ways against replacement opponent Josh Koscheck in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (183 lbs)
Josh Koscheck (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (256 lbs) vs. Junior dos Santos (234 lbs)
Sean Sherk (156 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Drew McFedries (186 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Dan Miller (185 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (186 lbs)
Hermes Franca (156 lbs) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs)
Josh Burkman (173 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (170 lbs)

UFC 90 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s video from yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 90, which takes place Saturday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. In the above clip, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his challenger, Patrick Cote discuss their main event showdown. After the jump, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves touch on their anticipated welterweight matchup on the undercard.

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Koscheck Prepping for Busy End of 2008

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Sometimes things have a funny way of working themselves out. When the UFC decided to match Josh Koscheck up against rising Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida, it was an awkward feeling for Koscheck. After all, the former collegiate standout wrestler had won two straight fights and was inching towards a title shot in a surprisingly contender-thin welterweight division.

On top of that, Koscheck had already defeated Diego Sanchez, who after going on a two-fight winning streak of his own, had been matched up against a streaking Thiago Alves in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC 90, with the winner likely being granted a welterweight title shot at some point next year.

Then Sanchez was injured during a training session earlier this month, and Koscheck stepped up as a replacement opponent for Alves on short notice without even hesitating. According to Koscheck, it’s the way things should have been from the start, him facing Alves for the next shot at the title.

“You know, it felt like me and him… we should have been fighting in the first place, but I don’t make the decisions,” Koscheck said. “I’m always in the gym training all year round, so I don’t take any time off, and I’m ready to step up and the way I see it is this is a short-notice fight for [Alves] too, and you know he’s got a lot to prepare for…because I’m not Diego Sanchez.”

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UFC 90 Nearly Already Sold-Out

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Ticket sales for UFC 90 may have gone a little better than expected so far. Similar to the UFC’s inaugural venture up to Canada earlier this year, the show is nearly sold-out just one day after tickets went on-sale to the general public.

Only 3,000 or so seats remained as of yesterday afternoon according to UFC President Dana White, who met with media and fans at the Woodfield Mall in Chicago yesterday for a pre-fight press conference concerning the event (Video here). With a gate over $2 million so far, UFC 90 is expected to smash previous attendance records for the Allstate Arena, which were set by WWE at Wrestlemania 22 in April 2006.

‘‘This is a bold statement in a town with the White Sox and Cubs and the Bears, but I guarantee you this will be the most exciting live sporting event you have ever seen,’’ White said yesterday. ‘‘I can’t explain it to you. You have to experience it. The closest thing that comes to it is when Mike Tyson was in his heyday. There was so much excitement about someone getting knocked out.’’

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White Confirms UFC’s Venture to Chicago

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It seems that the rumors are true - the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be traveling to “The Windy City” for the first time in the promotion’s history when they visit Chicago for a planned UFC 90 event on October 25th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

White confirmed the date and location during a recent interview with The Chicago Sun-Times.

‘‘Chicago is a huge market for us,’’ White said in the article. ‘‘We track pay-per-view buys for our events and ratings on Spike TV, and Chicago is a killer market for us. There are tons of fans in Chicago and around Chicago, and it’s going to be one of the places we hit often. It’s a great fight town, and we’re really pumped that we’re finally getting this done.’‘

While White was unable to confirm any fighters for the card, one notable name who may not be able to compete is Illinois native Matt Hughes, who is currently recovering from multiple torn ligaments suffered in his recent loss to Thiago Alves and has stated that he will likely be out of action for 6-7 months.

Another potential bout for the card was a previously rumored matchup between welterweight contenders Alves and Diego Sanchez. The bout was said to be happening at England’s UFC 89 in October but Dave Meltzer has since learned that the bout is not even signed and will definitely not be added to the overseas card.

HT: MMA Junkie

UFC 85: Bedlam Post-Fight Videos

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and the man who defeated him over the weekend, American Top Team product Thiago Alves, discuss their main event battle at the post-fight press conference for UFC 85: Bedlam in the above video courtesy of ESPN.

After the jump, England native Michael Bisping talks about his win over Canadian middleweight Jason Day and the signings of more mixed martial artists from his home country by the UFC in recent months. Mike Swick, Kevin Burns, and Nate Marquardt also discuss their respective fights at the event as well.

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Alves Hands Hughes Another Loss in London

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All things must eventually come to an end.

Matt Hughes hasn’t officially retired, but his career is now visibly coming to an end. While two straight losses to current welterweight king Georges St. Pierre are nothing to be alarmed about, Hughes, who once said that he would hang up the gloves before becoming anyone’s highlight reel, was stunned again yesterday afternoon at the UFC’s latest event in London courtesy of a Thiago Alves’ flying knee.

Alves, who failed to make weight for the fight and forced the bout to take place at a catch-weight of 174 lbs, was in control from the start of the fight, evading multiple takedown attempts from Hughes, a former All-American collegiate wrestler.

However Hughes was eventually able to take Alves down to the canvas late in the first round. Despite not mounting much offense, Hughes was able to control Alves from top position for a good portion of the round before Alves reversed position and worked some ground-and-pound of his own before the horn sounded to end the stanza.

The second round saw Hughes take a knee to the face after trying another early takedown. The blow opened a cut near the former champion’s mouth and Hughes found himself on his back and avoiding strikes from Alves yet again. After landing a few hard punches, a scramble allowed both fighters to get back to their feet.

Alves then rushed Hughes and connected with a flying knee that sent the Miletich Fighting Systems product crumbling to the mat, his left knee awkwardly bending behind him. Alves pounced on a defenseless Hughes and connected with a couple of unanswered shots before referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the bout.

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UFC 85: Bedlam Results

Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez - TKO
Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin - Split Decision, R3
Luis Cane def. Jason Lambert - TKO
Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares - KO
Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Fabricio Werdum def. Brandon Vera - TKO
Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt - Split Decision
Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis - Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping def. Jason Day - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes - TKO

UFC 85: Bedlam Weigh-ins Complete

UFC 85 – Official Weigh-In Results
Main Event
Thiago Alves (174) VS Matt Hughes (170)

Jason Day (184) VS Michael Bisping (184)
Mike Swick (170) VS Marcus Davis (170)
Thales Leites (185) VS Nate Marquardt (185)
Fabricio Werdum (247) VS Brandon Vera (228)

Martin Kampmann (186) VS Jorge Rivera (185)
Thiago Tavares (154.5) VS Matt Wiman (155)
Roan Carneiro (171) VS Kevin Burns (170)
Luiz Cane (204) VS Jason Lambert (205)
Jess Liaudin (169) VS Paul Taylor (169)
Eddie Sanchez (244) VS Antoni Hardonk (247)

Though featured in his first UFC Main event, Thiago Alves failed to make weight, tipping the scales at 174lbs.  His opponent, Matt Hughes, agreed to fight at a catchweight of 174lbs.  No word yet on whether or not Alves will be reprimanded for missing weight.  the common practice is to award a small percentage of your fight purse to your opponent, but being that this event is taking place in England where there is no sanctioning body in place, it is unkknown whether that will happen.

Matt Hughes vs Thiago Alves at UFC 85 (Updated)

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That’s according to Hughes himself in a blog post on his own website,

BREAKING NEWS: June 7th Fight

June 7th, in England, I fight Thiago Alves. The fight is confirmed, it will be the main event for the card. Dana just called me with the news. Chuck got hurt and couldn’t fight, so he needed a replacement and called me and I said yes. More news as I get it. No matter what happens in this fight, I’ve got Serra next. -matt

Its been widely expected that Matt Hughes would wait it out to get a shot at his bitter rival, Matt Serra.  But Matt has usually been pretty accurate when posting to his own site.  I’d expect to see some sort of confirmation from the UFC in the next few days. 

Update 8:30pm ET: The UFC has confirmed this fight as being the main event for UFC 85.  They also officially announced the Rashad Evans vs James Irvin and Michael Bisping vs Chris Leben fights.

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