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St-Pierre impressed with Alves' performance

Georges St-Pierre has his eyes locked on Thiago Alves after watching Alves defeat Josh Koscheck Saturday in person at UFC 90 in Chicago.

"I was very impressed by the performance of Thiago Alves," St-Pierre wrote Monday on his Yardbarker blog. "He showed everybody why he belongs in the top fighters in the welterweight division. Of course, it's up to the UFC, but I think he will be one of my next opponents pretty soon."

Alves, who is now undefeated the past two years inside the UFC Octagon, is one win away from tying the record for consecutive UFC wins. Prior to winning the unanimous decision over Koscheck at UFC 90, Alves pulled the upset UFC over former champ Matt Hughes, whom Alves knocked down with a flying knee and finished with strikes on the ground.

An Alves-St-Pierre bout wouldn't be immediate though, as St-Pierre will defend his belt next against BJ Penn at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009.