GSP Vs. Alves: One For The Ages

Jaime MorenoCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

TORONTO - FEBRUARY 5:  Ultimate Fighter Georges St-Pierre attends the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Florida Panthers during a fight during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre February 5, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

As a fan, it is always great to see two fighters in the cage who are at the top of their game.  Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves are just that.  Top level fighters with top level training camp and both have the hunger to stay on top. 

What should happen in this fight could be historic and I’m not just hoping but guaranteeing a fight that will go down in the record book as one of the greatest fights in MMA.

Georges and Thiago have different styles and the biggest question will be who will impose their will on the other.  Will Georges be able to keep the fight on the ground and use his wrestling and ground and pound advantage, or will Thiago be able to stuff the takedown and show the world his superior striking skills. 

Both fighters and camps are confident in there fighters abilities. 

Teammate at American Top Team, Jorge Santiago, recently spoke to about the pitbull’s upcoming fight. “Pitbull is flying, he wants this belt a lot! ‘Pit’ is a type of athlete that, when you show him a position, he doesn’t forget. You can even do it on him once, but, after he learns to defend, you will never get there again. He is training a lot of wrestling with athletes with Olympic level; I think he is ready for any kind of situation”.   

Alves himself has stated the importance of training for the ground game, yet he feels ready for if Georges decided to take it there. 

In an interview with Alves stated that, “People haven’t really seen my ground game, I never needed to (show it), but I have been at American Top Team for six years training my wrestling and jiu-jitsu with high level trainers and they are one of the best camps out there so I’ll be very prepared”. 

He seems to be in the mindset that this fight will be a mentally grueling fight.  In interview after interview Alves has stated that this is going to be his toughest test yet and he isn’t going at his training lightly.  “I am pushing myself a little more than before. I’m always preparing myself for a 25-minute fight even if I don’t have a title shot. That’s the way I think, that’s the way I live my life, I’m always trying to take it to the next level”. 

Indeed Thiago Alves will have to train to the next level to get past one of the pound for pound best.

In Georges’ camp, the main focus is his ability to break Thiago down. 

Head instructor Greg Jackson, referred to it in a recent interview with Mike Straka as finding Thiago’s “safety zone”, which is the place where a fighter goes to when they get in trouble whether it be the clinch, takedown what have you. 

Jackson says that although he isn’t broadcasting where he thinks Thiago’s safety zone is there goal is to “hopefully we will be able to exploit it and move around within it”. 

And although many believe that Georges is the top guy in the division, he understands the massive danger Thiago provides.  “Skill wise he’s bringing a lot more problems on the table than everybody that I’ve fought so far,” St-Pierre stated. “Thiago’s got devastating leg kicks, but that’s not the only thing he’s got. He has great knees, a great left hook. And he’s very heavy handed”. 

But you can believe that Jackson and trainer Farias Zahabi will be looking at the game plan like crazy. 

Normally I try and predict a fight that I’m breaking down and I will just not right now.  As I said in the beginning of the article, this fight has historical implications written all over it.  We could see the greatest MMA fight ever.