by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC 90 at the Allstate
Arena in Rosemont, Illinios Saturday evening by
unanimous decision, dominating the American Kickboxing Academy trained
welterweight, moving a step closer to a title bout with the winner of Georges
St-Pierre and BJ Penn scheduled for UFC 94 in Las Vegas.
"It’s just hard work paid off man. I’ve been training
really hard and working really hard trying to get to this point," class=SpellE>Alves told MMAWeekly.com "It’s been paying off."
Alves had Koscheck
hurt early in the first round as a result of a counter-punch, and had class=SpellE>Koscheck in a lot of trouble in the final round. But class=SpellE>Koscheck would not be put away. "It was a great fight
and I had a lot of fun. Josh was a great opponent," commented the American
Top Team fighter. "Hats off to Josh. He’s a really tough guy. He took the
fight on short notice. He’s a true warrior."
Alves is on a roll, knocking out
class=SpellE>Karo Parisyan, doing the same to
long-time, former, UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and defeating top five
ranked Josh Koscheck in his last three fights.
"I’m ready for the title," Alves stated.
"I hope I get a shot at the title next. I’m ready. I can’t wait."
UFC welterweight title holder
Georges St-Pierre is expected to rematch UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn early
next year for the UFC welterweight crown.
Asked who he’d rather face,
St-Pierre or Penn, Alves said, "My opponent has
no face. I’ll fight the champion. I want to fight against the best. It doesn’t
matter if it’s BJ Penn or Georges St-Pierre. It doesn’t really matter. I just
want to fight the best."