Thiago Alves

“I’m not just going to win. I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to shock the world…You have to do this for a reason. I want to make history. At (UFC) 100 I have a chance to make history, and I will make history. I promise you that. I’ve been asking for it, and you get in life what you ask for…I’m real excited. I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. I know GSP is a great fighter, but it’s just my time.”

— Thiago Alves, via MMAJunkie, proclaiming that he’s going to “shock the world” at UFC 100 by knocking out Georges St. Pierre.

You don’t have to be an expert fight analyst to know that the outcome of this fight is going to be largely dependent on whether GSP can take Alves down. Thiago arguably has the best takedown defense in the welterweight divison, but is it good enough to neutralize GSP’s wrestling? I’m leaning towards no, but if he can, I think there’s a fairly decent chance Alves can do exactly what he says he will—knock GSP out.

After all, Matt Serra did. Why couldn’t Thiago?