Thiago Alves stuns Jordan Mein with come-from-behind win

BY Elias Cepeda • January 31, 2015

LAS VEGAS -- Thiago Alves isn't done yet. The former welterweight title challenger scored a stunning, come-from-behind TKO win over Jordan Mein Saturday night at UFC 183. 

In the first round, Mein hurt Alves badly, time and again, mixing in uppercuts and looping hooks with excellent angles in his footwork. For his part, Alves swung back gamely but got the worse end of a firefight of a first round. 

In the second round, Mein once again looked to be comfortable striking, and even threw in a somersault for good measure. It wasn't long after that, however, that Alves caught a retreating "Young Gun" in the liver with a kick.

Mein dropped to his knees, frozen, and Alves followed up with a knee to what appeared to be Mein's head. If it was, in fact, an illegal knee to the head of the downed Canadian, the referee missed it and allowed Alves to continue his ground strike assault with punches until he stopped the fight. 

"Welterweight division -- guess who's back?" the Brazilian asked afterward.

The finish came at just 39 seconds of the second round. The win is Alves' second straight and improves his record to 26-9.

The loss snapped a two-fight win streak for Mein and drops his record to 29-10.

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