Alves battered a really tough John Howard for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision on Saturday.
Alves was swinging heavy leather in the early going. Howard was the first to try to take the fight to the ground but he was unsuccessful. Alves, though, successfully took the fight to the ground later. He continued to drill Howard on a regular basis while also adding in some brutal leg kicks throughout, but Howard stood tough unbelievably. At one point, Alves had Howard reeling against the cage and landed two knees out of a muay thai clinch against the cage, but again, Howard took it well.
The second round was more of the same, as Alves peppered Howard with punches and kicks and added in a nice slam and rode out the round on top.
Alves was a bit more conservative in the third round but dropped Howard with a right about midway through the round. Howard popped right back up, though and appeared no worse for wear. Throughout the fight, Howard was landing punches and kicks of his own but was being soundly outlanded by the former No. 1 welterweight contender. Both men swung with violent intentions in the final 10 seconds and embraced and congratulated each other following the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Alves.