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21-9-0

Thiago Alves

Thiago "Pitbull" Alves

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  • Given Name: Thiago Alves d'Araujo
  • MMA Record: 21-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Pitbull
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1983.10.03
  • Last Fight: January 31, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Top Team
  • Height: 5'9" (175cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $588,000 USD
  • Born: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • Head Coach: Ricardo Liborio
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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While he is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Alves is predominantly known in the MMA world for his vicious Muay Thai striking game, and for extremely large weight cuts down to 170 that typically allow him a size and strength advantage over his opponents. Alves began training in Muay Thai at the age of 14, but only found a high level of professional success when he relocated to the United States at the age of 19 and began training full time at the famed American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. Alves also possesses some of the most damaging leg kicks in the business.


Thiago's nickname has nothing to do with the fighting style. After his first fight in his career, Thiago was very hungry and started eating with the hand; attitude rendered joke that the fighter was eating "like a pitbull." He liked the nickname "powerful" and officially incorporated.


A modern-day wrecking ball at 170, Thiago Alves began training in MMA at a very young age and lost back-to-back fights to start off his mixed martial arts career in 2001. As he grew, however, Alves soon built a solid professional record and earned his way into the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization, the UFC, defeating notable welterweight "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis along the way.


Although he lost his first UFC bout to future lightweight standout Spencer "The King" Fisher by triangle choke in October of 2005, Alves reeled off back-to-back wins over Ansar Chalangov and Derrick "The Eraser" Noble before running into the second roadblock of his UFC career in Jon Fitch, whom he lost to by TKO in round 2.   Alves then put together the most impressive winning streak of his career, winning seven straight contests, defeating Josh "Kos" Koscheck and John "The Natural" Alessio by decision and finishing Tony "The Peruvian Savage" DeSouza, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, Karo "The Heat" Parisyan, and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes with strikes in the process. That streak, dotted with bonecrushing KOs, put him on the map and into the minds of the UFC fanbase.

In July of 2009 at UFC 100, a peaking Alves fought defending champion Georges "Rush" St. Pierre over five rounds, losing on all three judges’ cards in a spirited performance in which he was controlled by the champion's wrestling. The loss did little to diminish Alves’s reputation as a game and still up-and-coming fighter.


Alves was scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 107 in a rematch of their bout at UFC Ultimate FN 5.  However Alves suffered a knee injury, forcing him to withdraw from 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 and was expected to fight again during the summer of 2010.

The Alves/Fitch rematch eventually took place at UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen.   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.  Alves would go on to lose to Fitch via unanimous decision.

Alves faced John "Doomsday" Howard on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2.  Alves won by a dominant unanimous decision in one of his best performances in the UFC. 

Following the victory over Howard, Alves lost to Rick "The Horror" Story on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill via unanimous decision.  Alves faced promotional newcomer Papy "Makambo" Abedi at UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz on November 5th, 2011.   Displaying improved ground control, Alves defeated Abedi via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32 of round 1 to secure his first submission victory in the UFC (and first submission victory in his MMA career that wasn't due to strikes). Alves then faced Martin "Hitman" Kampmann on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann.  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.


After a prolonged 2 year absense from the octagon due to various injuries, Alves would face Seth "Polish Pistola" Baczynski on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. He would pick up the unanimous decision victory. He would follow that up with another win over Jordan Mein at UFC 183. Alves was losing the fight before he turned it around and was able to TKO Mein in the second round earning the win and a Performance of the Night bonus.

Last updated 02.06.2015, 9:12 AM ET
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Thiago Alves Welterweight Ranking History

Thiago Alves MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Carlos Condit
21-9-0 29-8-0

UFC Fight Night 67: Condit vs. Alves
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.05.30
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog)
Win | KO/TKO
0:39 Round 2 of 3, 5:39 Total

Jordan Mein
20-9-0 29-9-0

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $134,000 ($42K Base, $42K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#7 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
UFC 183 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Jordan Mein UFC UFN 49 2014.08.23
Reason: Alves Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Seth Baczynski
19-9-0 19-10-0

UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.04.19
Odds: -480 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $128,000 ($39K Base, $39K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC on FOX 11 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Matt Brown UFC UFN 26 2013.08.17
Reason: Alves Biceps Injury
Cancelled Bout Yoshihiro Akiyama UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Akiyama Injury
Cancelled Bout Siyar Bahadurzada UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Alves Injury
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:12 Round 3 of 3, 14:12 Total

Martin Kampmann
19-8-0 18-5-0

UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.03.02
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#15 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#7 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC on FX 2 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:32 Round 1 of 3

Papy Abedi
18-8-0 8-0-0

UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.11.05
Odds: -340 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rick Story
18-7-0 12-3-0

UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.05.28
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $33,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
#56 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

John Howard
17-7-0 14-5-0

UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.12.11
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jon Fitch
17-6-0 22-3-0

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.5 lbs (77.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: T.I. - I'm Back
Cancelled Bout Jon Fitch UFC 111 2010.03.27
Reason: Alves Brain Irregularity
Cancelled Bout Jon Fitch UFC 107 2009.12.12
Reason: Alves Knee Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Georges St. Pierre
17-5-0 18-2-0

UFC 100
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2009.07.11
Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: T.I. - Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Koscheck
16-5-0 11-2-0

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: David Smith
Cancelled Bout Diego Sanchez UFC 90 2008.10.25
Reason: Sanchez Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:02 Round 2 of 3, 6:02 Total

Matt Hughes
15-5-0 42-6-0

UFC 85: Bedlam
Main Event | Catchweight | 174 lbs

2008.06.07
Odds: +201 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 174.0 lbs (78.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC 85 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:34 Round 2 of 3, 5:34 Total

Karo Parisyan
14-5-0 18-4-0

UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.04.02
Odds: +133 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total

Chris Lytle
13-5-0 24-14-5

UFC 78: Validation
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.11.17
Odds: -188 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $55,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#23 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 78 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO
4:04 Round 2 of 3, 9:04 Total

Kuniyoshi Hironaka
12-5-0 11-3-0

UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs Florian
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.09.19
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 ($14K Base, $14K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
1:10 Round 2 of 3, 6:10 Total

Tony DeSouza
11-5-0 10-2-0

UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.12.30
Odds: -136 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

John Alessio
10-5-0 18-8-0

UFC The Final Chapter: Ortiz vs Shamrock 3
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.10.10
Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
Cancelled Bout Josh Neer UFC 62 2006.08.26
Reason: Alves Illness
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:37 Round 2 of 3, 9:37 Total

Jon Fitch
10-4-0 12-2-0

UFC Fight Night 5: Leben vs. Silva
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.06.28
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Drew Fickett UFC 59 2006.04.15
Reason: Fickett Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:54 Round 1 of 3

Derrick Noble
9-4-0 18-7-1

UFC 59: Reality Check
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.04.15
Odds: -317 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:25 Round 1 of 3

Ansar Chalangov
8-4-0 7-0-0

UFC 56: Full Force
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.11.19
Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $4,000 ($2K Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:43 Round 2 of 3, 9:43 Total

Spencer Fisher
8-3-0 14-1-0

UFC Fight Night 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.10.03
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Jeff Cox

King of the Cage

2005.02.25
Win | Submission | Punches

Jason Chambers

Indiana Regional

2004.11.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Nuri Shakir

Absolute Fighting Championship

2004.02.27
Loss | Submission | Choke

Derrick Noble

Absolute Fighting Championship

2003.12.06
Win | Decision | Split

Marcus Davis

Massachusetts Regional

2003.10.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Mike Littlefield

Mass Destruction

2003.08.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Carlos Pereira

Bitetti Combat

2003.03.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Fabio Holanda

Bitetti Combat

2002.11.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Wilson Belchoir

Brazil Regional

2001.10.08
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Lucas Lopes

Paraiba Regional

2001.09.28
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Gleison Tibau

Ceara Regional

2001.06.30

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