UFC 130 Fight Card: Thiago Alves Talks Rick Story on The Fight Fix

Dustin Green returns with another installment of the Fight Fix. This week he talks to UFC 130's Thiago Alves about his opponent Rick Story and how he feels about being called out. Alves also gets into the nitty gritty of his new weight training/nutrition regime with Mike Dolce.

"Bro, I've been having the best (training camp) of my life. I got everybody on the same page - all my coaches. [Mike] Dolce's doing a great job getting everybody together. Everybody from American Top Team. Dan Lambert, [who] is my manager, has been pressing big time to bring the best sparring partners for me. Bro, I can't wait. I'm in great shape right now this far out from the fight. I just can't wait to see the results when I step in there."

"It's very, very important (to win convincingly). I'm going out there to make a statement. I'm not looking for points. I'm going to finish the fight. Either I'm gonna knock (Rick Story) out or submit him."

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Transcript in the full entry.

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Boxing:
10 secs, Ortiz defeats Berto recap
27 secs, Khan defeats McCloskey recap
45 secs, Full Weekend Boxing recap

 

Thiago Alves Interview:

1:21, on his training camp for Rick Story: "Bro, I've been having the best of my life. I got everybody on the same page - all my coaches. [Mike] Dolce's doing a great job getting everybody together. Everybody from American Top Team. Dan Lambert, [who] is my manager, has been pressing big time to bring the best sparring partners for me. Bro, I can't wait. I'm in great shape right now this far out from the fight. I just can't wait to see the results when I step in there."

1:58, on how Mike Dolce prepared him for John Howard & how he's helping him prepare for Rick Story: "That's the thing though. When I fought Howard, I was on the Dolce diet for 2 months, but didn't really learn much until Mike moved into my house - he moved in 3 weeks before. For this [fight], he's gonna come 6 week's before, so I'm that'll be twice [as long]. It just changed everything. I thought I knew how to cut weight. I thought I knew how to manage my body and cut the weight out whenever I had to. I realized that everything I was doing was completely against me - against my performance on fight day, but you live and you learn. I had a lotta...lotta experience with cutting weight and I learned that I didn't know anything. Everything was just what my old coach used to say. It didn't work for me. I'm glad I went through this though. Today, I'm another guy. My energy level is through the roof. My training is just much, much better now. I walk around much leaner than I used to. It's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle. He talks a lot about positive stuff, positive people around you, how you conduct yourself through the day. It's pretty good man. [If you've never heard about it], Dolce diet is the way to go."

3:24, his reaction to being on the preliminary card for UFC 130: "Bro, I was a little bit bummed out, upset. I was like 'What's going on?' Especially after my last performance, but I talked to Dana White and he was like 'Bro we're gonna use you to sell the pay-per-view. Your fight's gonna be live on Spike TV, so you're gonna get more views than the people on pay-per-view because not everybody can afford to pay $50 to watch the UFC. Do it as a favor. Make it happen.' I said 'Alright, no problem. If that's the way it is, whatever you guys want me to do I'll do it.' But, it was a little bit weird being on the undercard after 5 years."

4:18, on needing to win convincingly against Rick Story after being called out: "?It's very, very important. I'm going out there to make a statement. I'm not looking for points. I'm going to finish the fight. Either I'm gonna knock him out or submit him."

4:37, his message for Rick Story: "Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it brother."

4:45, Tease for Luke Thomas' appearance on next week's show

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