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"Pitbull"

20-9-0

Thiago Alves

Thiago "Pitbull" Alves

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  • Given Name: Thiago Alves d'Araujo
  • Professional MMA Record: 20-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Pitbull
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1983.10.03
  • Last Fight: April 19, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Top Team
  • Height: 5'9" (175cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $454,000 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

Gyms & Affiliations

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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 is expected to face Seth "Polish Pistola" Baczynski on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. 

Last updated 04.08.2014, 1:45 PM ET
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Thiago Alves Welterweight Ranking History

Thiago Alves MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Jordan Mein UFC UFN 49 2014.08.23
Reason: Alves Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Seth Baczynski
Ref: Herb Dean
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
#49 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 Siyar Bahadurzada UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Alves Injury
Cancelled Bout Yoshihiro Akiyama UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Akiyama Injury
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:12 Round 3 of 3, 14:12 Total
Martin Kampmann
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2012.03.02
Odds: -145 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs
#14 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
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2011.11.05
Odds: -340 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Rick Story
Ref: Kim Winslow
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
#61 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
John Howard
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2010.12.11
Odds: -320 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Jon Fitch
Ref: Herb Dean
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
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
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
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
Walkout Music: T.I. - Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)
Cancelled Bout Diego Sanchez UFC 90 2008.10.25
Reason: Sanchez Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Josh Koscheck
Ref: David Smith
UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2008.10.25
Odds: -105 Near Even | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:02 Round 2 of 3, 6:02 Total
Matt Hughes
Ref: Herb Dean
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
UFC 85 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:34 Round 2 of 3, 5:34 Total
Karo Parisyan
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2008.04.02
Odds: +133 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total
Chris Lytle
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
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
#20 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
Ref: Herb Dean
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
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
1:10 Round 2 of 3, 6:10 Total
Tony DeSouza
Ref: John McCarthy
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
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
John Alessio
Ref: Troy Waugh
UFC The Final Chapter: Ortiz vs Shamrock 3
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2006.10.10
Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
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
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
Cancelled Bout Drew Fickett UFC 59 2006.04.15
Reason: Fickett Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:54 Round 1 of 3
Derrick Noble
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:25 Round 1 of 3
Ansar Chalangov
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:43 Round 2 of 3, 9:43 Total
Spencer Fisher
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2005.10.03
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes Jeff Cox King of the Cage 2005.02.25
Win | Submission | Punches Jason Chambers IHC 8 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 HFC 2 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 CN 3 2001.10.08
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Lucas Lopes X 2001.09.28
Loss | Submission | Armlock Gleison Tibau CN 2001.06.30

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