Thiago Alves is a tough fighter; a strong fighter. Rick Story knows that, but that’s why he called for the fight with the Top 10 welterweight. Story wants to climb the ladder into a title shot and defeating Alves would put him on the cusp.
But there is more strategy to Alves being the guy he called out. Story has seen some weakness in the Brazilian’s game. He sees Alves not doing well on the ground, and having trouble making wait; a perfect scenario for him to attack.
The two square off at UFC 130 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.