by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
“It was a great fight and I had a lot of fun,” Thiago Alves told MMAWeekly.com following his three-round decision win over Josh Koscheck at UFC 90 on Saturday night. “Josh is a great opponent, so it was a lot of fun.”
“It’s better to get the knockout,” he quipped, “but it was a great fight though.”
He especially would have appreciated the knockout since he was walking around with his left hand heavily bandaged after the fight. It wasn’t a disastrous injury by any means, but the knockout would have tempered the injury a bit more.
“I think I dislocated it in the fight,” said Alves. “It will be fine though. It’s nothing major.”
And he was correct. A spokesman at American Top Team on Monday confirmed that Alves did suffer a dislocated thumb during the UFC 90 bout, adding that he took some anti-inflammatory medicine for it and it will be fine.
The injury is nothing that should hinder Alves’ forward progress in the UFC welterweight division.
UFC president Dana White said before the fight, “If you look at Thiago… the two guys he just beat… the first guy to knock out Karo Parisyan. He just knocked out Matt Hughes and Matt Hughes had trouble taking him down. Koscheck beat Diego Sanchez, too. If Koscheck came out and beat Thiago Alves Saturday night, he’s in line for a title shot. Thiago beats Koscheck; so is he.”
White reaffirmed that assertion at the UFC 90 post-fight press conference. “This kid is definitely ready for a title shot,” referring to Alves. “It’s a matter of time, letting the St. Pierre vs. Penn fight happen; then we’ll get him.”