A little more than a month ago UFC welterweight Thiago Alves had a decision win over Martin Kampmann all but locked up when the hard-hitting Brazilian opted to shoot for a takedown to secure top position for the final minute of the round. Kampmann, a crafty grappler with underrated BJJ, took advantage of the attempt by latching on to Alves’ neck and locking in a Guillotine Choke for the submission victory.
Alves, who initially labeled the loss as “devastating”, recently brought the bout up again during a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio where he blamed the fight-ending sequence on some bad advice from his corner rather than a bad decision on his part.
“When you’re fighting, you’re in the zone. You just react to stuff, and my cornerman was like, ‘Takedown, takedown, takedown’,” revealed Alves. “I went for it and just made a mistake.”
“Maybe he wanted me to finish the fight in a safe position. Maybe he wanted me to finish the fight on the ground so he could take credit for it. I don’t know. But I’m a striker. That’s what I do,” he continued, bringing up additional concern with the unnamed individual having placed a pre-fight bet on him.
As a result Alves has decided to bring in someone different for future outings as a matter of trust, only working with his former cornerman in a training capacity at American Top Team.
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