Thiago Alves
Pitbull

Brazil

Scheduled for UFC DC
WelterweightUFC
October 11, 2019
Alves (infection) will square off against Tim Means at UFC DC on Dec. 7, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Alves was forced to withdraw from UFC Copenhagen in mid-September due to an infection that ultimately led to kidney stones. The 36-year-old fighter looks to be on the downswing of his career, having lost five of his last seven and three of his last four bouts in the cage. He'll square off against another fighter in Means whose in a similar boat, entering December's bout with three defeats in his last four fights.
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Pulls out of Copenhagen
WelterweightUFC
September 12, 2019
Alves withdrew from UFC Copenhagen on Thursday due to an infection, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alves said his infection led to kidney stones, and he is eyeing a return to the octagon around November or December. The UFC is attempting to find a replacement fighter to go up against Gunnar Nelson despite the withdrawal on short notice.
Back in Octagon at UFC Copenhagen
WelterweightUFC
June 26, 2019
Alves will square off against Gunnar Nelson at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28.
ANALYSIS
Alves enters having lost three of his last four fights (two via unanimous decision), having waited too long to turn up the heat against Laureano Staropoli at UFC 237. He will face another struggling fighter in Gunnar Nelson, who will look to take Alves to the mat and presumably employ a submission attempt (Nelson averages one per 15 minutes). Alves, on the other hand, face a tough position of giving up two inches of both height and reach to Nelson while also looking to keep the fight upright and landing a barrage of significant strikes.
Falls in home country
WelterweightUFC
May 11, 2019
Alves lost to Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The struggles of Alves continue. On Saturday, he appeared to try to let his opponent lead the dance before turning up the pace in Round 3. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Staropoli's cardio held up and he was saddled with his third loss in his last four fights. The 35-year-old Alves is in bad shape moving forward. His finishing power has evaporated, and he is getting hit more than ever. Alves is miles and miles from impacting the title picture at 170 pounds.
Draws Laureano Staropoli at UFC 237
WelterweightUFC
March 4, 2019
Alves will face Laureano Staropoli in a welterweight bout at UFC 237 on May 11, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Alves is coming off a split decision victory back in early February, which gave him his fourth win in his last eight contests. He'll look to use the crowd to his advantage, as the Brazilian will make his second straight fight in Brazil. Alves could be in for a test, as Staropoli is coming in on a six-fight winning streak, with his last win coming back in November in his UFC debut.
Wins split decision in Brazil
WelterweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Alves defeated Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Alves was in trouble early in this fight. He took a lot of damage in the first round and was knocked down twice. In the second, Alves started to fight at a higher pace and applied a lot of pressure. He rocked Griffin multiple times in the round. In the third Alves continued to move forward and land strikes, but did not hurt "Pain" in the round. Alves was taken down late in the round and fought off a kimura. The judges seemed to value his pressure more than the takedown and submission attempt by Griffin and two of the judges awarded the round, and the decision, to "Pitbull."