Thiago Alves (fighter)
|Born||Thiago Alves d'Araujo|
October 3, 1983
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Website||Official UFC Profile http://www.thiagoalves.tv/|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Thiago Alves d'Araujo (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈawvis]; born October 3, 1983) is a Brazilian current bare knuckle boxer and former mixed martial artist. A 27-fight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he competed in the promotion from 2005 until 2019. Aside from being a professional fighter, Alves has been a striking coach at the American Top Team since 2017.
Born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, Alves began training in Muay Thai at the age of 15 in order to get in better shape before transitioning to mixed martial arts at the age of 17. Alves won his first MMA bout as an amateur at just 15 years old, defeating a 25-year-old competitor by unanimous decision. At 19, Alves relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek, Florida to train full-time at the prestigious American Top Team camp.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Alves, with a record of 8–3, received an invitation to make his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2 against fellow UFC newcomer Spencer Fisher. The fight would take place on Alves' twenty-second birthday. Despite having early success in the bout, especially on the ground, Alves fell victim to a triangle choke late in the second round.
Thiago returned to action on the undercard of UFC 56, defeating previously-undefeated Ansar Chalangov by TKO due to punches at 2:25 into the first round.
At UFC 59, Thiago was matched up against Derrick Noble, a fighter he had previously lost to by (rear-naked choke). The two fighters were both aggressive on the feet, in which Alves was forced to cover up after getting rocked with a flurry by Noble. Looking to capitalize, Noble rushed in when Alves caught him with a perfectly timed counterpunch that dropped him and led to Alves scoring a TKO victory.
At Ultimate Fight Night 5, Alves was matched up against fellow up-and-comer Jon Fitch. In a match-up of two future top welterweight contenders, Fitch defeated Alves via TKO at 4:37 into the second round after landing a flush upkick to the face of Alves which dropped him and led to Fitch finishing the fight with strikes.
"Pitbull" completed a busy 2006, during which he fought four times. At UFC 66, he dominated Tony DeSouza, knocking out the jiu-jitsu black belt with a knee in the second round. Following his victory, it was announced that Alves tested positive for a diuretic, spironolactone, which he supposedly used to help him lose water weight in order to make the 170-pound limit. As a result of the failed drug test, Alves was suspended eight months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and fined $5,500.
Alves returned at UFC Fight Night 11, where he knocked out Japanese fighter Kuniyoshi Hironaka with a punch and knee in the second round. Less than two months later, Alves faced off against veteran contender Chris Lytle at UFC 78. After an exciting stand-up battle, doctors halted the bout at the end of the second round because of a cut above the eye of Lytle, declaring Alves the winner by doctor stoppage. The bout earned both fighters Fight of the Night bonus award.
In his first bout of 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13, Alves faced his biggest test to date, as he was matched up against welterweight contender Karo Parisyan. After resisting any attempts to grapple but failing to amount any significant offense during the stand-up exchanges throughout the first round, "The Pitbull" scored a knee to the head of Parisyan, knocking down the judo expert before finishing him on the ground with strikes.
Rising up the welterweight ranks
Once again taking just two months between bouts, Alves accepted a fight against former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, a fighter widely considered the most dominant champion in UFC history. The Welterweight bout, which served as the main event of UFC 85 in London, was scheduled as a late replacement after Chuck Liddell had to pull out of his headliner fight against Rashad Evans with a hamstring injury.
Prior to the bout, Alves surprised many by missing weight for the welterweight bout—coming in at 174 pounds. Despite his opponent missing the 170-pound limit, Hughes accepted the fight at a catchweight. Despite the pre-fight blunder, Alves shocked the crowd by dominating the heavily favored former champion. After picking apart Hughes standing and displaying vastly-improved takedown defense throughout the first round, "The Pitbull" knocked Hughes down with a flying knee and followed him to the ground with punches early in the second, earning a TKO stoppage. This win earned Alves his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. In the post fight interview, Alves attributed not making weight to spraining his ankle two weeks before the fight.
Next, Alves was slated to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 90, in what many believed would be a match for the number-one contender spot. Sanchez, however, would be forced to pull out of the bout just weeks before the event due to injury.
Josh Koscheck, another top-contender and four-time NCAA wrestling All-American, stepped in for Sanchez on short notice. Alves controlled most of the fight and won via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 30–27). The Brazilian's improved takedown-defense was once again on display, as the American Top Team fighter forced Koscheck into a kick boxing battle. Alves' devastating leg kicks proved to be a factor throughout the bout, taking away much of Koscheck's mobility. He also managed to drop Koscheck several times during the 3-round bout, but Koscheck's quick recovery enabled him to survive the onslaughts.
Welterweight title shot
With his impressive victory over Koscheck, Alves was on a 7-fight win streak, winning 9 of his past 10 bouts. After consecutive dominant performances against Parisyan, Hughes and Koscheck, Dana White announced that Alves had earned a title shot against the winner of the welterweight title-fight at UFC 94. After Georges St-Pierre defended his title at UFC 94, Alves entered the ring to congratulate him. St. Pierre said that he was looking forward to facing Alves in the cage. Thiago Alves fought Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 11, 2009 at UFC 100. During the fight, Alves was taken down a total of ten times. Although he showed potential on his feet and put in a resilient performance on the ground, continually getting back up, he was ultimately subjected to a clinic put on by St. Pierre and being outwrestled in all five rounds ultimately losing via unanimous decision (50–45, 50–44, and 50–45).
Alves was scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 107 in a rematch of their bout at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5. However Alves suffered a knee injury, forcing him to withdrawfrom the fight. Alves was then scheduled to face Fitch on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111: St.Pierre vs. Hardy. However, on March 25, Alves was taken off the card due to the discovery of an arteriovenous malformation in the brain from a pre fight CAT scan. Alves had the corrective surgery on March 31, 2010 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He took leave of absence, staying in New Jersey with his wife, Melissa Farrand Alves, and was expected to fight again during the summer of 2010.
The Alves/Fitch rematch, originally slated for UFC 107, then UFC 111, then UFC 115, finally took place at UFC 117. This fight was confirmed to be the number one contendership for the welterweight championship (to fight the winner of the St-Pierre/Koscheck bout). Alves again failed to make weight, weighing in at 171.5 lb, meaning he had to give up 20% of his fight purse. Alves would go on to lose to Fitch via unanimous decision. Dana White stated in the post fight press conference that Alves could be moving to the middleweight division.
Days later, Alves said that he'd been given one more chance by the UFC to compete as a welterweight.
Alves faced John Howard on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124. Alves won by a dominant unanimous decision in one of his best performances in the UFC, out-striking and out-wrestling Howard and eventually getting a knockdown in the third round with a clean punch.
Following the victory over Howard, Alves lost to Rick Story on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130 via unanimous decision. Alves had a slow start to both the first and second round, during which Story pressured Alves against the cage but was unable to land any significant damage or takedowns. Alves managed to find his rhythm and began landing clean strikes that resulted in him winning the third round, however ended up losing 29–28 on all three judges' scorecards.
Alves faced promotional newcomer Papy Abedi at UFC 138. After exchanging hard leg and body kicks, and showing good takedown defence, Alves was able to land a two-punch combination that dropped Abedi, securing full mount and opening up a cut due to elbows. Displaying improved ground control, Alves defeated Abedi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:32 of round one to secure his first submission victory in the UFC (and first submission victory in his MMA career that wasn't due to strikes).
Alves faced Martin Kampmann on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2. After avoiding takedowns and outstriking Kampmann for the majority of the fight, Alves was submitted in the final minute of the bout after being caught in a guillotine while trying to secure a takedown.
Alves was expected to face Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. However, Akiyama was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Siyar Bahadurzada. Then on June 1, Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury  and was replaced by Chris Clements.
After over two years away from the sport due to a litany of injuries and lengthy rehabilitations, Alves returned to face Seth Baczynski on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. He won the fight via unanimous decision. The win also earned Alves his second Fight of the Night bonus award.
Alves was expected to face Jordan Mein on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49. However, Alves pulled out of the bout citing yet another injury, and was replaced by Brandon Thatch. Subsequently, Thatch also pulled out of the bout with Mein citing a toe injury. The bout between Alves and Mein would later be rescheduled and eventually took place on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183. Alves won the fight via TKO in the second round, after hurting Mein with a brutal kick in the solar plexus and capitalizing with subsequent punches. This win also won Alves his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Fighting twice in a year for the first time since 2011, Alves returned to face Carlos Condit on May 30, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 67. Alves lost the fight via TKO after the cage-side doctor ended the contest between the second and third round due to the amount of damage Alves had taken.
Alves was expected to face Al Iaquinta in a lightweight bout on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. However, Iaquinta announced on September 19 that he would not be taking the fight due to a contract dispute with the promotion. Alves was rescheduled to face Jim Miller at the event. At the weigh-ins, Alves missed weight by nearly seven pounds, weighing in at 162.6 lbs. Miller, who was already on weight, had to rehydrate to keep their weight difference within 7 pounds. Because of that, he came in at 157.6 lbs and the bout proceeded at catchweight. New York State Athletic Commission and UFC officials indicated that Alves must not weigh more than 173 lbs the day of the fight or the fight would be cancelled. As a result, Alves was fined 20% of his fight purse, which went to Miller. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Alves was scheduled to face Zak Cummings on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi. On January 13, 2018, it was announced that Cummings injured his head after a bathroom slip and the bout against Alves was cancelled.
On January 11, 2020 it was reported that Alves was released by UFC.
On January 22, 2020, news surfaced that Alves had signed a three-fight contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He was expected to make his promotional debut against Phil Baroni, however Baroni was removed from the card as the organization could not reach him in timely fashion. Instead, he made his promotional debut against former contender from The Ultimate Fighter, Julian Lane, at BKFC 12 in Daytona Beach, FL on Sept. 11, 2020 Alves won the fight by split decision.
BKFC Middleweight Champion
Alves then faced Ulysses Diaz for the inaugural middleweight championship at BKFC 18. He claimed the championship via technical knockout after the ringside doctor stopped the bout after the third round.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||23 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||23–15||Tim Means||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||December 7, 2019||1||2:38||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||23–14||Laureano Staropoli||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 237||May 11, 2019||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||23–13||Max Griffin||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||February 2, 2019||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Loss||22–13||Alexey Kunchenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik||September 15, 2018||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||22–12||Curtis Millender||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||February 18, 2018||2||4:17||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||22–11||Patrick Côté||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 210||April 8, 2017||3||5:00||Buffalo, New York, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||21–11||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Lightweight debut; Alves missed weight (162.6 lbs).|
|Loss||21–10||Carlos Condit||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves||May 30, 2015||2||5:00||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||21–9||Jordan Mein||TKO (body kick)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||2||0:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–9||Seth Baczynski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||19–9||Martin Kampmann||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||3||4:12||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||19–8||Papy Abedi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 138||November 5, 2011||1||3:32||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||18–8||Rick Story||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–7||John Howard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||17–7||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 117||August 7, 2010||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States||Catchweight (171.5 lbs) bout. Alves missed weight.|
|Loss||17–6||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17–5||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States||UFC Welterweight Championship eliminator.|
|Win||16–5||Matt Hughes||TKO (flying knee and punches)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||2||1:02||London, England||Catchweight (174 lbs) bout. Alves missed weight. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||15–5||Karo Parisyan||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||2||0:34||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||14–5||Chris Lytle||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||2||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–5||Kuniyoshi Hironaka||TKO (punch and knee)||UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs Florian||September 19, 2007||2||4:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–5||Tony DeSouza||KO (knee)||UFC 66||December 30, 2006||2||1:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Alves tested positive for banned diuretics.|
|Win||11–5||John Alessio||Decision (unanimous)||Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter||October 10, 2006||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Jon Fitch||TKO (upkick and punches)||UFC Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||2||4:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–4||Derrick Noble||TKO (punches)||UFC 59||April 15, 2006||1||2:54||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||9–4||Ansar Chalangov||TKO (punches)||UFC 56||November 19, 2005||1||2:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Spencer Fisher||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night 2||October 3, 2005||2||4:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Jeff Cox||KO (knee and punches)||KOTC 48: Payback||February 25, 2005||1||0:15||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7–3||Jason Chambers||TKO (submission to punches)||IHC 8: Ethereal||November 20, 2004||1||4:57||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–3||Nuri Shakir||Decision (unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 7||February 27, 2004||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Derrick Noble||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 6||December 6, 2003||2||2:13||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–2||Marcus Davis||Decision (split)||Hardcore Fighting Championships 2||October 18, 2003||3||5:00||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–2||Mike Littlefield||TKO (punches)||Mass Destruction 12||August 16, 2003||2||0:50||Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–2||Carlos Alexandre Pereira||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 2||March 20, 2003||2||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–2||Fabio Holanda||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 1||November 28, 2002||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||1–2||Wilson Belchoir||KO (punch)||Champions Night 3||October 8, 2001||1||N/A||Brazil|
|Loss||0–2||Lucas Lopes||Decision (unanimous)||X: Fight||September 28, 2001||3||5:00||João Pessoa, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Gleison Tibau||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 2||June 30, 2001||2||3:31||Fortaleza, Brazil|
Bare knuckle record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Ulysses Diaz||TKO (doctor stoppage)||BKFC 18: Beltran vs. Shewmaker||June 26, 2021||3||2:00||Miami, Florida, United States||Won the inaugural BKFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Julian Lane||Decision (split)||BKFC 12: Alves vs. Lane||September 11, 2020||5||2:00||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
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