Thiago Alves vs Chris Lytle, UFC 78, 17 November 2007

thiago alves vs chris lytleThiago Alves vs Chris Lytle is one of those perfect fights where both fighters are willing to throw caution to the wind to go forth and do battle. The result is an incredible war of attrition between two of the best UFC welterweights. Flying leather, swollen eyes, cuts above the eye, and bruised thighs. Although this fight was stopped due to a controversial doctor’s stoppage, it earned Fight of the Night. Be sure to watch this fight, Thiago Alves vs Chris Lytle is truly a fight fans delight.

Thiago Alves is a product of the Chute Boxe academy. Upon moving to the US, he started training at American Top Team. He joined the UFC in 2005 and started making a name for himself by finishing most of his opponents by KO or TKO. Going into the fight against Chris Lytle, Thiago Alves was on a three fight winning streak. Chris Lytle was the first big step in Thiago’s run for the welterweight championship. After Chris Lytle, Thiago Alves further cemented his name as a top UFC welterweight by finishing the likes of Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes, and decision-ing Josh Koscheck.

We always love to watch Thiago fight. He is always willing to engage and give the fans an exciting, action-packed fight. We also love Thiago Alves because of his beautiful Muay Thai technique. Incredibly accurate and well executed lower leg kicks makes Thiago Alves a dangerous opponent. In this fight with Chris Lyte, we see these lower leg kicks executed in perfection. Especially the one at 4:05 of the second round. Beauty in MMA.

Chris Lytle has made a name for himself as an incredibly tough fighter. Throughout his career in the UFC, he has earned six Fight of the Night awards. Before joining the UFC, he had an extensive career at Pancrase. Chris Lytle joined the UFC in 2003 and his first fight was a decision loss to Robbie Lawler. Going into the fight against Thiago Alves, Chris Lytle is coming off two consecutive wins against Jason Gilliam and Matt Brown.

Thiago Alves vs Chris Lytle full fight video

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