I don't view this as a 'dream match' or anything, just an interesting fight. There's no doubt that Diaz has very effective boxing skills and would have the edge in BJJ but they both have the same general weakness. I agree Thiago Alves has been a bit overrated in the past but he's not to be considered a B level fighter by any means or "not in the top tier anymore." He could be right back in the top ten with one or two wins, just as some of those guys could fall out.
Thiago Alves has very good Muay Thai and his only losses in the UFC come from GSP, Fitch, Rick Story, and Spencer Fisher, while holding some wins over a few vets and top guys. It was Alves who really cemented the end of the Matt Hughes after the final loss to GSP. The only time he's officially been TKO'd was when he took that upkick from Fitch. Granted, Diaz has fought better strikers and beat them, it's not far fetched to think this fight would be competetive.
I never said I thought Alves would destroy Diaz or that Diaz couldn't dominate Alves.
Last edited by MickeyKnox; 08-10-2011 at 10:34 AM.