Post Fight Interview
Thiago Alves (16-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) closed out his fight year with another signature victory — this time over fellow title hopeful Josh Koscheck (11-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC). Although Alves ultimately settled for a unanimous-decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 30-27), he had Koscheck — who filled in for an injured Diego Sanchez on just two weeks’ notice — in trouble throughout the fight. Koscheck was dropped in the first with a short left, he was continually knocked off balance with stinging leg kicks, and an onslaught of strikes in the third round had Koscheck staggered and in survival mode. Despite Alves’ success, though, Koscheck showed signs of life throughout the fight. His ever-improving stand-up game and powerful right hand connected often, but Alves survived and was never in any real trouble.