Alves wants to fight at UFC 171
It’s been almost two years former welterweight title contender
Thiago Alves stepped foot in the Octagon, but after months on the
shelf dealing with injuries it appears the Brazilian is almost
ready to return to action.
Alves was last seen in March 2012 when he lost a heartbreaking
fight to Martin Kampmann in Australia. After controlling and
winning the first two rounds, Alves got caught in a guillotine
choke and was forced to submit with only 48 seconds left to go in
Following that disappointing defeat, Alves twice scheduled bouts
— once in July 2012 against Siyar Bahadurzada and in August
of this year against Matt Brown — but on both occasions
injuries forced him to pull out and remain on injured reserve.
The latest on Alves is finally good news, however, as his agent
Malki Kawa informed UFC Tonight on Wednesday that he’s healthy in
mind, body and spirit and targeting an early 2014 return to the
Kawa stated that Alves is healed up and looking at the upcoming
UFC 171 card in Dallas, Texas on March 15 for his next bout. The
UFC 171 card currently only has one bout schedule, which is the
main event pitting Jon Jones against Glover Teixeira for the UFC
light heavyweight title.
If Alves gets his wish, he will return to the UFC almost exactly
two years to the day since he last fought. The welterweight
division is a different place than when he left, but Alves is still
formidable opponent for any fighter and he will be a welcome return
when he steps back into the Octagon.