Thiago Alves vs. Seth Baczynski
Round 1: They touch gloves and Alves takes the center of the cage. Baczynski lands a kick to the body. Alves presses forward with a left hand. Baczynski fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Baczynski circles to his right. Alves lands an outside leg kick. They exchange leg kicks. Alves lands another outside leg kick. Baczynski closes the distance but Alves pushes him away. Alves lands a left hand. Baczynski counters with a right. Baczynski is moving a lot. He lands a lead uppercut. Alves answers with an inside leg kick. Alves misses with a high kick. Alves stalks Baczynski. He lands a left hand. Alves works to get on the inside. He lands a counter right hand. Baczynski lands an inside leg kick. Alves lands a combination. Alves continues to land leg kicks. Alves lands a knee to the body. Baczynski delivers a knee. Alves lands a combination that ends in a hard outside leg kick. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Alves with the leg kicks.
Round 2: Alves lands a leg kick to start the second round. Baczynski lands a right hand. Alves answers with another leg kick. Baczynski clinches and Alves pushes him away. Alves continues to batter Baczynski’s lead leg with kicks. They exchange jabs. Baczynski checks a leg kick. Alves lands a solid right hand. Baczynski circles away. Alves lands an inside leg kick. Baczynski responds with a right hand. Baczynski leaps in with a superman punch. He lands a clean right hand. Alves goes to the body with a kick. Alves is bleeding from the nose. Baczynski is cut around his right eye. Baczynski steps in with his jab. Alves continues to lands leg kicks. They exchange at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alves. Baczynski’s leg can’t take much more damage.
Round 3: Baczynski lands an inside leg kick to start the final frame. Alves presses forward and lands a left hook. Baczynski looks to get the fight to the ground. Baczynski defends the attempt. Baczynski switching stances often. Alves lands leg kick that knocks down. Baczynski quickly gets back to his feet. Baczynski presses forward and works to get the fight to the ground. Alves has none of it. Baczynski lands a right hand followed by three jabs. Alves lands a counter right hand. Baczynski looks for another takedown and again Alves stuffs it. Alves lands a left hand. He lands a right hand followed by a kick to the body. Baczynski works for single leg takedown,but can’t get it. Baczynski lands a right hand. Alves turns up the head. He lands a combination and fends off another takedown attempt. Alves lands a kick to the lead leg followed by one to the body. Alves presses forward and misses with a high kick. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alves.
The judges scored the fight for Alves by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“It’s been a long time and this feels great. Coming back from such a long layoff, I knew that I had to do everything to the best of my ability tonight. I’ve been pushing myself for such a long time to get ready for my next fight, for this night.
“Fighting here in Florida in front of my fans and familiar faces was the perfect way to come back. This is the best I’ve felt in 25 months.”
“This fight was everything I thought it would be. It was a great back and forth war that he was able to win. I got into fighting initially because it was fun and tonight was a fun fight.”