Thiago Alves

Florian Stops Lauzon in Denver


Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.

What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.

Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.

Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.

“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”

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UFC Announces Parisyan-Alves for April


Karo Parisyan hits Josh Burkman with a right hand at UFC 71. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced earlier today that UFC Fight Night 13 will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Wednesday April 2nd.

Along with a lightweight main event of Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon and a light heavyweight battle between Stephan Bonnar and Matt Hamill, the UFC has also announced that top welterweight contenders Karo Parisyan and Thiago Alves will clash in what is sure to be a fight with non-stop action throughout.

Parisyan is currently recovering from a broken left hand that he suffered in his recent win over Ryo Chonan at UFC 78: Validation in November. “The Heat” is still continuing his quest for a title shot since originally receiving one prior to UFC 56 where he was to challenge Matt Hughes for the UFC’s welterweight belt.

Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an injury during training and then lost his number-one contender status when he dropped a decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 6. Since then Parisyan has knocked off three straight opponents and a win over Alves would continue to improve his chances of gaining another title shot.

After splitting his first four bouts in the UFC, Alves is now riding a four-fight winning streak that includes knockouts of Tony DeSouza and Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Alves put on a show in his last fight against veteran Chris Lytle. The two battled for two rounds until the fight was halted due to a cut Lytle had suffered. The fight was deemed the most exciting of the night by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 78 post-fight press conference.

Report: Parisyan and Alves Expected to Clash

Welterweight contenders Karo Parisyan and Thiago Alves are expected to fight in the UFC’s inaugural venture into Canada on April 19th according to a report from MMA Junkie.

Although nothing is official as of yet, the fight has been discussed among both camps and bout agreements are expected to be signed once they are sent out.

Parisyan is currently recovering from a broken left hand that he suffered in his recent win over Ryo Chonan at UFC 78: Validation in November. “The Heat” is still continuing his quest for a title shot since originally receiving one prior to UFC 56 where he was to challenge Matt Hughes for the UFC’s welterweight belt.

Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an injury during training and then lost his number-one contender status when he dropped a decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 6. Since then Parisyan has knocked off three straight opponents and a win over Alves would continue to improve his chances of gaining another title shot.

After splitting his first four bouts in the UFC, Alves is now riding a four-fight winning streak that includes knockouts of Tony DeSouza and Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Alves put on a show in his last fight against veteran Chris Lytle. The two battled for two rounds until the fight was halted due to a cut Lytle had suffered. The fight was deemed the most exciting of the night by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 78 post-fight press conference.

Sorting Out the UFC Welterweight Situation

This thing is a mess…

Well as I’m sure everyone already knows, UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Matt Hughes at UFC 79 next month after suffering a pair of herniated discs in his lower back.

So what happens now?

Well one thing we know for certain - Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva are going to headline UFC 79.

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports leaked some information about what UFC officials are considering in terms of possibly finding Hughes another opponent:

According to a UFC official, if Serra is out for a long period of time and Hughes agrees to fight on Dec. 29, the two most likely candidates for an opponent would be Jon Fitch or Thiago Alves.

Fitch I can agree with, Alves I can not. In fact I think that Hughes and Fitch would be a great matchup. However we can throw it out the window according to MMA Mania because not only can Fitch not make it to the event, he won’t even be in his country:

MMA Mania can confirm that Fitch is not available to fight that weekend. In fact, he told us today, “I’m not even going to be in the country. I’ll be in Vietnam tending to some personal matters.”

Hughes will most likely only be fighting next month if Serra is going to be out of action for a long period of time. So if Serra is going to miss more than a couple months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the UFC bust out the infamous interim title. But if Serra is only going to be out until February or March, Hughes would be wasting his time in taking a fight next month.

Alves should not be getting a shot at any kind of title in my opinion, not yet. He’s lost to Fitch and Spencer Fisher and needs to at least defeat a top 5-6 welterweight in the UFC before he gets a chance at the big dogs. The same goes for Marcus Davis in my opinion.

Josh Koscheck is coming off of a loss so that’s not going to happen. Diego Sanchez is coming off of two losses and probably won’t be fighting at 170 lbs for much longer. Karo Parisyan may have missed yet another title opportunity due to injury once again after revealing that he fought Ryo Chonan with a broken left hand last weekend.

So who does that leave? How about Georges St. Pierre?

If St. Pierre isn’t being considered to replace Serra, he’s going to be waiting a hell of a long time for a title shot, quite possibly almost an entire year. I think the idea of an interim title would be enough to get St. Pierre to agree to the fight on short notice. That and if he’s been active in the gym and not just sitting around waiting until a couple months before his next fight to get back into shape.

On top of that, it would finally settle the series between Hughes and St. Pierre. It would also make the welterweight title picture a lot more clearer. The winner of Hughes-St. Pierre would fight Serra in the spring if he is able to come back. If Parisyan and Fitch are matched up in March as rumored, that creates yet another number one contender.

The UFC will probably have a better idea on what have to decide after Serra meets with doctors this weekend. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens.

UFC 78 Post-Event News and Notes

Some news and notes following last night’s UFC 78: Validation…

- The UFC announced their annual post-fight award winners at the post-fight press conference. They are as follows:

Fight of the Night - Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Knockout of the Night - Ed Herman
Submission of the Night - Akihiro Gono

Each four of those fighters will receive a $55,000 bonus.

- As I’m sure everyone already knows Dan Henderson will drop down to middleweight and challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 82 in March.

- UFC President Dana White said that a total attendance of 14,071 packed into the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. White stated that the UFC would return to New Jersey for an event next year. The live gate was marked at $2.1 million.

UFC 78: Validation Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva

Main Card:

Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory

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UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All 18 fighters scheduled to compete successfully made weight.

Main Card:

Rashad Evans (206 lbs) vs Michael Bisping (205 lbs)
Houston Alexander (203 lbs) vs Thiago Silva (204 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs Ryo Chonan (169.5 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (154.5 lbs) vs Frankie Edgar (154 lbs)
Joe Doerksen (185.5 lbs) vs Ed Herman (186 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle (170.5 lbs) vs Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs Jason Reinhardt (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs) vs Luke Caudillo (155.5lbs)
Akihiro Gono (169 lbs) vs Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)

Report: Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78

It seems that Hector Lombard will be unable to gain entry into the United States after all, forcing a change of plans for the UFC reports Dave Meltzer:

UFC failed in a renewed attempt to get Hector Lombard a working visa so the Karo Parisyan vs. Lombard match for Newark, NJ is officially off. Parisyan now faces Ryo Chonan and Thiago Alves, who was to face Chono, will face Chris Lytle.

Assuming these are the matchups that the UFC has actually decided to go with, Chonan is a much tougher opponent for Parisyan then Lombard and may very well make it easier for him to get back into the title picture with a win.

The addition of Chris Lytle gives the much criticized card a bit more star power. Lytle will also make a good test for Alves, who has been inconsistent in the type of opponents he is able to defeat inside the Octagon.

UFC Fight Night 11 Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 7 PM EST, covering UFC Fight Night 11 with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC Fight Night 11 Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC Fight Night 11
Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off
Spencer Fisher Injured, Kenny Florian Fills In
Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 11
Martin, Leben to Clash at UFC Fight Night 11
Swick and Goulet Signed for UFC Fight Night 11
Leben Declines Swick Fight; Goulet Now in the Picture

Main Card:

Din Thomas vs Kenny Florian
Chris Leben vs Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs Junior Assuncao
Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell

Preliminary Bouts:

Jonathan Goulet vs Dustin Hazelett
Thiago Alves vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Leonard Garcia vs Cole Miller
Gray Maynard vs Joe Veres
Luke Cummo vs Edilberto de Oliveira

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Cerrone Tests Positive for Hydrochlorothiazide

TapouT reality star and WEC lightweight Donald Cerrone has tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that usually used to assist in weight-cutting by forcing the body to retain less water. The drug is currently banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Cerrone was found to have tested positive for the drug after test results came in from the WEC’s post-fight medical examinations. Cerrone was victorious in his WEC debut at the event, submitting Kenneth Alexander. UFC veteran Thiago Alves also tested positive for the drug at UFC 66 but his win over Tony DeSouza was not overturned since it was found that the drug did not help him in winning the fight. The chances are that the NSAC will see the same for Cerrone.

The other seven fighters tested after WEC 30: Rob McCullough, Rich Crunkilton, Chase Beebe, Rani Yahya, Bryan Baker, Jesse Forbes, and Kenneth Alexander all passed their post-fight tests.

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