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Thiago Alves vs. Georges St. Pierre
Alves is in the Octagon. GSP is making his entrance. GSP is in the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. GSP opens with an inside leg kick as the crowd chants his name. Alves misses with a leg kick. Good couple of kicks from Alves, one with each leg. Great takedown by GSP, Alves gets up and GSP takes him down again. Alves gets back up and GSP gets it down once again. GSP has Alves' back. That's trouble. Nice job by Alves of getting back up. Good jab from GSP. Alves with a couple of very good leg kicks. GSP shot for a takedown but Alves stuffed it. GSP with a spinning back kick. Good takedown by GSP. Alves has a cut on his right eye. Good round that I give to GSP, 10-9.
Round 2: GSP starts Round 2 with a good combination. GSP with another takedown. GSP went for side control but Alves did a good job of getting him into half guard. GSP very briefly had mount but Alves managed to get back into guard. An elbow from GSP has blood pouring out of Alves' nose. Big left hand on the ground and Alves is hurting. GSP is teeing off from inside Alves' guard. Alves just cannot control GSP even when he has him in guard. Alves with a nice escape and gets back on his feet with 30 seconds left. A very good round for GSP, 10-9.
Round 3: Alves lands a couple of good punches to start the third. Good kick from GSP. GSP tries for a takedown but Alves is able to stay on his feet. Alves wanted an uppercut but GSP avoided it. Alves lands a couple of good kicks. And then another takedown from GSP. We're halfway through the fight and GSP is controlling it on the ground. Alves has to come up with an answer. Nice job by Alves getting back up. Good leg kick from GSP. Good kick by GSP followed by a punch that knocks Alves down. Alves is in big trouble. Another round for GSP, 10-9.
Round 4: Another takedown from GSP! A double leg tackle. GSP gets into full mount. GSP almost went for an arm triangle choke on the ground but couldn't quite get it. And Alves takes advantage and gets on top for the first time in this fight. For the first time in years that GSP has been on his back. Alves with some good punches on top, and now he is hurting GSP for the first time in this fight. And GSP escapes and they're back to their feet. Good counter left hand from GSP. And GSP catches a kick, lands a punch and takes Alves down again! Wow. GSP is just a master tactician. GSP has Alves' back and he's trying for the rear naked choke. The round ends without GSP getting the choke in, but it's yet another round to GSP, 10-9.
Round 5: GSP told his corner between rounds that he pulled his groin. Alves comes out strong knowing he needs a knockout. Alves with a right punch. GSP with yet another takedown. Amazing. Alves gets back up and misses wildly with a kick. And now another takedown by GSP. And now Alves gets back up again with less than two minutes to go. And yet another takedown by GSP. I don't remember ever seeing any fight with this many takedowns. Call it a clean sweep, GSP 10-9.
Georges St. Pierre beats Thiago Alves by unanimous decision 50-45, 50-45 and 50-44 were the judges' scores.
Up next: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir.
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