Thiago Alves

“[St. Pierre] is dangerous everywhere. You know you’ve got to be careful with him everywhere and not just with the takedowns. Takedowns are just another weapon that he has. He’s a dangerous striker, and he’s got great jiu-jitsu, so I’m prepared for everything…I’ve been training with the best wrestlers here in the country and being trained by the best strikers not in the country, but in the world. I’ve got the best jiu-jitsu guys with me. So I’m prepared. I’m prepared for everything that he’s got.”

—Thiago Alves talking about his preparation for the biggest fight of his career against Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 100.

I know not everyone agrees with me but I think this fight will be won or lost based on whether Thiago’s takedown defense is good enough to neutralize GSP’s wrestling. If he can keep it on the feet, he’ll have the advantage or at least be on neutral ground. That said, I don’t think anyone’s stopping GSP from taking them down at this point.

Anyone taking Thiago in this one?