UFC 130 Results: Where Does Thiago Alves Go from Here?

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IMay 29, 2011

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  Thiago Alves (R) fights Josh Koscheck in a Welterweight bout  at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Thiago Alves lost a lot when he fought Rick Story tonight at UFC 130. As to why he took a fight with nothing to gain, is beyond a lot of people.

Alves was pretty much handled by Story in the first two rounds of their three-round upset shocker at UFC 130.

CompuStrike doesn't lie, Story landed 101 of 197 strikes (51 percent accuracy) in this fight compared to Alves' 67 of 127 (53 percent accuracy).

Story beat Alves at his own game, and now it has left Alves reeling for something new.

Alves will surely drop a lot in the rankings from this loss and a fight to get him back into the top of the welterweight class is in order.

If Martin Kampmann can get by John Howard at UFC Live on June 26, that fight could be a good fight for Alves, matching up two good strikers who could have a war.

Also, Kampmann poses a threat on the ground with six of his 18 victories coming by way of submission (Kampmann also has seven wins by knockout).

Another possible fight for Alves could be the winner of the Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim fight at UFC 132 in July.

Condit may be a bit of a stretch, as a win could toss him into the title contention mix, but Kim would finally become a top ten welterweight with a win over Condit.

What a better way to test the newest member of the top ten with Alves, a man who has been in the top five a bunch of times?

Here is one last option that could be a good possibility, but a move to middleweight could make sense to Alves. Alves has failed to make weight twice at welterweight.

Alves even switched to a new diet for this fight, but even a new diet couldn't help Alves against Story. A move to welterweight could be a good move and mean a lot more strength for Alves..

After tonight, though, whatever is next for Alves, is going to have to be something good to get him back on the road to welterweight title contention, or even middleweight title contention.