by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
Instinct drove Josh Koscheck to Thiago Alves’ feet, and pure will brought him to stand.
Despite taking a tremendous amount of damage at the hands of the Brazillian, Koscheck refused to back down from an obvious deficit in striking ability, displaying a show of heart previously unseen.
The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight came inches away from a stoppage mid-way through the first round when Alves caught him with a glancing left hook. Following with a right head kick and right hand, Koscheck spent the rest of the first round shaking the cobwebs out of his head.
Alves’ combinations were too much, though. Coupled with one of the best outside leg kicks in the business, Alves’ power and speed were the decided advantage.
As the fight wore on, Alves’ kicks robbed Koscheck of the ability to defend punching combinations. Alves stalked in, using inside and outside leg kicks to distract Koscheck before firing off combinations that found their mark.
Things only got worse for Koscheck when he shot in. In the third, Alves caught him with a short flying knee that again put him on roller skates. But amazingly, Koscheck hung on and even gave Alves a thumbs up.
The unanimous decision in Alves’ favor was of no surprise, and afterwards, he politely asked for a title shot. Weight issues aside, Alves has been a wrecking ball in the division.
“I’m still a good boy, so please give me a title shot,” Alves asked UFC president Dana White in the cage afterwards.