by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s rare that a fighter who is not a current champion could roll through three top-ranked opponents in consecutive bouts, but that’s exactly what Thiago “Pitbull” Alves has done by dispatching of Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck in his latest trio of fights.
No other fighter currently competing in the UFC welterweight division outside of Georges St. Pierre has fought and defeated that level of competition in recent history, but Alves is on a phenomenal run of late.
Even before his latest win over Josh Koscheck, it appeared Alves had done all that was necessary to earn a shot at the 170-pound divisional title, but now with those three wins in a row, it would seem obvious that the American Top Team member has earned a place to fight the winner of St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn in January.
UFC president Dana White said as much recently before and after the fight between Alves and Koscheck, but the young Brazilian isn’t sure if he wants to sit out and wait for the winner, which could push his next fight out to some time in the spring of 2009.
“I don’t really know because that’s something inside of me that I can’t stay still for too long,” Alves commented on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night. “I have to punch somebody, I have to get in a fight.”
That desire to fight is what landed him in the spot against Koscheck instead of waiting for a title shot at some later date. Now Alves is faced with a similar decision, but what will the result be this time?
“I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind doing another fight, but my manager and my camp don’t want me to fight. They want me to fight for the title, so whatever they want me to do,” said Alves.
The decision may come down quicker than expected as “Pitbull” and his team will meet with the UFC brass in just a few weeks to discuss his immediate plans.
“We’re going to have a meeting with Dana White and the Fertitta brothers at the next UFC and we’re going to talk about it,” stated Alves. “We’ll see what we’re going to do.”
And while Alves says he is a “big fan” of both Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn, he really doesn’t care who wins as long as he gets the winner and a shot at the UFC welterweight title.
“Whoever the champ is let’s do it,” Alves said with confidence. “I want to fight the best in the world and I want to knock him out.”