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

the fight.

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

Octagon.

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.