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UFC 138 Live Blog: Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi Updates

Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi is a fight on the main card of UFC 138.This is the UFC 138 live blog for Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi, a welterweight bout on the main card of the UFC 138 fight card in Birmingham, England.

Alves (18-8) has lost three of his past four UFC fights. Abedi (8-0) is making his UFC debut.

The live blog is below.

Round 1: This could the show-stealer as both men are standup stylists. Alves lets a nice combo off early, ending with a kick. Abedi punches his way into a clinch, but Alves pushes him off. Hard inside leg kick from Abedi. Alves fires off a headkick that glances off its target. Abedi looks quite confident, constantly coming forward. Alves hurts Abedi with a right cross, then a left hook behind it. Abedi is on wobby legs. Alves pounces. He drops his opponent, and gets full mount. A series of strikes, and he easily snakes his arm under Abedi's chin for a rear naked choke victory.

That's the 16th fight for Alves in the UFC, and it's his first submission win in the octagon.

Winner: Thiago Alves via rear naked choke submission, Rd. 1 (3:32)

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