Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chris Lytle v. Thiago Alves UFC 78

Pick by the MMA Blaster

Lytle v. Alves will be a brawl from start to finish. Alves (12-3), ATT, is coming off three straight wins in the UFC after a loss to Jon Fitch. His last win came off Shooto veteren Kuniyoshi Hironoka (11-4). After Alves' win over Tony DeSouza (10-3) Alves was suspended for use of diruetics. His notable wins come over John Alessio (20-10), Jason "Hollywood" Chambers (16-5), Ansar Chalangov (7-3), Derrick Noble (21-10, lost once to Noble), and a split dec over Marcus Davis (13-3).

Lytle (24-15) is a former pro-boxer who mainly got his name after participating in the Ultimate Fighter reality show, season 4. Lytle made the finals where he lost a close decision to Matt Serra. Lytle is coming off two submission victories, once in the UFC against Jason Gilliam (9-2) and one outside the UFC in his native Indiana.

I see both fighters keeping it on their feet and striking. Lytle may try some takedown attempts to search for a submission, but I wouldn't recommend it. If you have seen Alves in the DeSouza fight you know he has a good sprawl. Lytle does have the experience advantage with wins over vets Savant Young (8-6), Ronald Jhun (22-22), Pete Spratt (16-10), Pat Healy (18-12), Kazuo Misaki (18-8) and Aaron Riley (23-10).

My pick - Alves by unanimous decision.

Thiago Alves vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
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Chris Lytle
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