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  • 12-07-2010, 05:33 AM
    pantomime horse
    If Howard uses his wrestling and ground and pound I think he's got the edge.
  • 12-07-2010, 05:31 AM
    m1ckeykn0x
    Unfortunately...

    Thiago Alves has always been overrated. He just looks intimidating, has big muscles and knocked out Matt Hughes with a flying knee, which = UFC marketability. All of a sudden he's the best striker in the division? It sure would look terrible if the "best striker in the division" got knocked the fuck out by someone who isn't even top-10. He looked pretty slow in the Jon Fitch rematch, too.

    I really hope for Thiago's sake that he comes out and shows why he was given that label in the first place.
  • 12-07-2010, 05:16 AM
    CHAEL fan
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Yeah when did Thiago become this super duper bad motherfucker? Was that before or after he was submitted by a severly undersized Spencer Fisher?
    Or when he lost to Derrick Noble....I don't have a lot of respect for a dude that can't make weight.
  • 12-07-2010, 05:13 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Yeah when did Thiago become this super duper bad motherfucker? Was that before or after he was submitted by a severly undersized Spencer Fisher?
  • 12-07-2010, 05:08 AM
    CHAEL fan
    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    I've always thought Thiago Alves is WAYYYYYYY overrated.
    Me too....and I always thought that John Howard was underrated. Thiago is going to get thrown around...and even out struck by Doomsday.
  • 12-07-2010, 02:57 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
    I've always thought Thiago Alves is WAYYYYYYY overrated.
  • 12-07-2010, 02:24 AM
    CtGreat
    Howard will take him down repeatedly and win the UD, just like Bonnar did in his last match. IM CALLING IT NOW. Alves is going to go in with the expectation that they are going to just stand and bang, Howard will go in with the expectation to put him on his back.
  • 12-06-2010, 10:09 PM
    kickass32
    Quote Originally Posted by CHAEL fan View Post
    Howard via Split Decision.
    I would not be shocked in the least to see Howard pull out the win!
  • 12-06-2010, 10:08 PM
    CHAEL fan
    Howard via Split Decision.
  • 12-06-2010, 09:43 PM
    kickass32

    John Howard Excited To Bang It Out With Thiago Alves

    UFC 124: John Howard Excited To Bang It Out With Thiago Alves | MMAWeekly.com

    UFC 124: John Howard Excited To Bang It Out With Thiago Alves

    Posted on December 6, 2010 by Brian Lopez-Benchimol

    John Howard is excited.

    Excited that after having gone through a gauntlet of talented grapplers such as Dennis Hallman, Daniel Roberts, and Jake Ellenberger, he will finally be able to display the full gamut of his game. His strong suit being his penchant for punching people in the face.

    Doomsday returns to the Octagon on Saturday night when the worlds largest mixed martial arts organization makes its fourth trip to the Bell Centre in Montreal for UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2. He faces one of the divisions most talented strikers in former title challenger Thiago Alves.

    While Howard is coming off of a loss to the aforementioned Ellenberger last August, he bears no weight on his shoulders. The Boston native considers his role as an underdog opposite of one of the divisions best an advantage.

    Thats not really pressure on me, to me the pressure is on him because Im considered the underdog, Howard told MMAWeekly.com Radio.

    Any additional pressure Alves faces is multiplied by back-to-back losses hes recently suffered inside the Octagon, albeit against top flight competition in division kingpin Georges St-Pierre and perennial contender Jon Fitch.

    He has two losses, and hes top four, said the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.

    Im not even ranked top four, top ten even to tell you the truth Im just happy to be fighting a top ten guy and get my shot. I think the pressure is more on him. I think he realizes that this is the biggest fight for him. Its the biggest fight for me, but its the biggest fight for him too, because hes fighting someone with a similar style as him.

    Some might suggest that Alves has lost his competitive edge in the welterweight division, and that his wrestling has been exposed since his losses to St-Pierre and Fitch, whom were both able to control Alves on the ground with multiple takedowns en route to a unanimous decision victories.

    I think its because he was facing two of the best guys in the sport, proclaimed Howard.

    My wrestling is good, its on a, I would say an All-American level, but its not like on a college/Olympic level. Not yet, Im getting closer to it slowly but surely. Hes very hard to takedown. Not only is he hard to takedown, hes hard to keep down. I think because of who he was fighting and the experience that they have, they were able to beat him.

    Howard is a noted wrestler in his own right, but will rely on his striking prowess, which has improved leaps and bounds with his regular trips to Thailand, to aid him in his fight against Alves, who has knocked out seven of the nine opponents hes defeated under the UFC banner. ​

    But we never saw him with a striker whos just as aggressive and just as powerful, so thats what Im interested to see, said Howard.

    This is a whole different fight for me because Im fighting a straight-up striker. I come from a striking background, but weve never seen him fight a straight-up striker before, so I want to see how he reacts to it.

    I think his striking is legit, but I think with my boxing background and my Muay Thai, I think I can just bring a whole different style to him. I think I can put the pressure on him and make him react a little bit different, because hes used to bullying guys in the cage, but he cant do that to me because if he hits me Im going to hit him right back.

    I know all the tricks of the trade of Muay Thai.

    Pitting fire against fire is always a high risk, low reward scenario, but for the 27-year-old welterweight contender, it frees his mind of doubt. You can always expect the Brazilian to be swinging with bad intentions, and for Howard, thats exactly what hes looking for.

    Thats what Im excited about. I get to use my striking and (everyone) will really get to see me display my skills and all that I can really do. Im really excited about that. I can kind of relax and get into my mode and go for fancy stuff, like the flying knees, the elbows, Sityodtong, and everything like that. I can really go for it, so Im excited about it. I hope this fight stays standing the whole fight, to tell you the truth.

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