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Thiago Alves up for fighting Dan Hardy in England

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Thiago Alves spoke to ESPN on fight night

Thiago Alves witnessed firsthand as Dan Hardy got knocked out by Carlos Condit at UFC 120, but he admits he would love to fight the Briton in the future.

Hardy suffered the first KO of his MMA career in a first-round loss to Condit on Saturday, making it two defeats on the spin following his failed title shot against Georges St-Pierre. The Outlaw now faces a 30-day medical suspension, after which he will set about erasing the pain of his latest loss as soon as possible.

The UFC is known to have a liking for putting two fighters who are coming off defeats both in the same Octagon, which makes a Hardy v Alves collision a possibility after the Brazilian's loss to Jon Fitch. And Alves admits he would happily fight Hardy in England if that was what the UFC had in mind.

"I don't pick my fights, but if Joe Silva says we should match up, I think it'd be a great fight for me. I think he's a great fighter, so let's do it," Alves told ESPN. "I really don't have a specific place to fight in. Once I step in the Octagon, that's home for me. So if it happens to be here [in England], good. If it's in American, that's fine. Brazil? I'm ready for that too."

Those words would appear to confirm that Alves is staying in the welterweight division, despite failing to cut weight for his Fitch encounter. UFC president Dana White stated clearly that he believes The Pitbull belongs at middleweight, but Alves is adamant he will stay at 170lbs.

"Yes, welterweight, I'm not moving to the middleweight division. I'm pretty short for the middleweight division," he confirmed. "I've got a nutritionist that I never had before, and I feel great. I usually walk around at 205 [pounds] but now I'm walking around at 195. So welterweight it is."

And throwing his mind forward to this week's huge UFC 121 card, featuring a co-main event between Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann, Alves is tipping the underdog. Shields is making his UFC debut off the back of a 14-fight winning streak and will secure a title shot with victory, but Alves likes the look of the well-rounded former middleweight, Kampmann.

"It's gonna be great fight and I'm interested to see how Jake Shields is gonna do in the UFC," he said. "He's finally found the top division, so I want to see how he's gonna do. It's gonna be a tough fight, but I'll go with Kampmann, he's got more tools to finish the fight."

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