Thiago Alves UFC conditioning circuit


Thiago Alves UFC conditioning circuit

Posted by David Herbert February 14, 2012

When you think of dangerous strikers in the UFC’s welterweight division, the first two guys that come to your mind will most ly be Thiago Alves (19-8-0) and Martin Kampmann (18-5-0).

For those of you who find this to be a valid statement, you have probably thought about these two duking it out in the Octagon at some point.

The two welterweight titans will meet this March in Australia at UFC on FX 2, giving many fans a fight they not only wanted but will probably remember their entire lives.

The last several years have been rough for both fighters. Kampmann has had a temultuous relationship with the judges, losing two straight decisions to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez that were controversial to say the least. Against Sanchez, the Danish striker did more damage to Diego’s face than the tsunami did to Japan but the judges somehow saw it.

The Xtreme Couture disciple has since bounced back with a dominating decision win over the last man to defeat Alves in Rick Story and also feels he learned a valuable lesson in his TKO loss to Paul Daley that will help in against the similar striker in Alves as Kampmann explains in an interview I did with him last week.

On the other hand, Thiago has won two fights in his last five since his challenge to GSP’s title. All of which saw the judges cards except his last…a picture perfect rear-naked choke that came as a result of the Brazilian stunning his opponent; Sweden’s Papy Abedi, with strikes then going on to finish him on the ground.

Needless to say, this last several years of ups and downs has molded a special mentality to the minds of both men and that mentality is to finish every fight no matter what.

It is unclear where the winner of this fight will find himself in the division. With fights Hendricks/Koscheck on the horizon and Ellenberger/Sanchez tonight, it is difficult to guage how the division’s title picture will come together over the next six months.

Should Brian Ebersole win his next fight, whoever it may be, he will also be among the top of the division. Alves knows he needs a win to get back in the mix and being one of the worlds best strikers, he couldn’t be happier to be a facing another technical and sound striker in Kampmann.

As for the ground play, Kampmann may have a slight edge but Alves has really focused on improving his wrestling and submissions, which he quickly proved in his last victory.

The key to the rounding his skills is the method of his amazing team at American Top Team in which gym owner and fighter manager Dan Lambert brings in and houses elite wrestlers, strikers and BJJ fighters to work with the team on improving their weaknesses.

Since Thiago’s brilliant move to bring top notch nutritionist and fellow fighter Mike Dolce in to assist him with his dieting and weight cutting, he has not only made weight every time but changed his whole overall performance at 170-pounds.

Since the win over Abedi at UFC 138, Alves has appointed Dolce to do his strength and conditioning as well and feels this has given him a new edge that he was fighting without prior to his partnership with the founder of the infamous Dolce Diet.

Alves caught wind of the possible matchup with Kampmann soon after his last victory and has been preparing hard with Dolce and the rest of ATT family ever since. Australian fans lucky enough to have tickets to this fight will get to see the 2.

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Dave Herbert: Are you excited to be fighting a high caliber striker Kampmann?

Thiago Alves: I have had alot of really high profile fights in the UFC but I don’ think I’ve ever fought such a tough striker, besides maybe Chris Lytle, who is nowhere near as technical as Kampmann. I fight much, much better against technical guys. I know its going to be a hard, fast paced fight and I’m ready to go hard for 15 minutes.

I have never been knocked out and I plan to keep it that way. Mike Dolce has me in great shape and not just him but all my coaches at ATT. I love my gym and I have a great thing going on. We are working hard to make me a world champion but first things first I have to get through Kampmann.

I think we are going to put on a great show in Australia, a place I have never been before.

Dave Herbert: What do you think of this matchup? Is Kampmann a fight you have thought about in the past?

Thiago Alves: I’m really excited. I’ve been training really hard for a long time now; since right after my fight with Papy. I love this fight. As soon as I heard about it, I talked to Dolce and we decided to start preparing for it ahead of time.

I have a good feeling about this fight and I know its a good matchup for the fans and I think we matchup very well. I’m going to finish him. All the respect to Martin, I think he’s a great fighter but its my time; I’m going to bring the pressure and I’m gonna break him.

I have watched all his fights and studied him and he is a very skilled striker but he doesn’t to get hit and I’m definitely going to hit him.

Dave Herbert: His wrestling and submissions has improved greatly since he started training at Xtreme Couture. Are you willing to hit the mat with him or do you plan to use your takedown defense to keep the fight standing and test his chin?

Thiago Alves: I’m definitely going to test his chin and I’m definitely going to try and finish him. If I have the opportunity to take him down, I’m going to go for it but I will be happy to keep this fight standing. You know me, I love to strike but I’m ready to fight anywhere.

I know he’s improved alot training at Xtreme Couture but that won’t stop me from imposing my will and winning this fight. We also have a program now at ATT where we are bringing in all these top notch wrestlers and providing them with housing.

These guys are all studs straight college and are making a transition to MMA. I have my flaws with wrestlers but I am getting better and better and now I feel very comfortable in that area and as far the jiu-jitsu game I don’t think he’s going to throw anything at me that I haven’t already seen.

I know Kampmann is very well rounded but I’m ready.

Dave Herbert: The credit for bringing in these elite wrestlers and fighters goes to ATT owner Dan Lambert correct?

Thiago Alves: Yeah, Dan Lambert is really changing the game and taking sport to new levels. Housing is something he was doing before and then he stopped and we went through a transitional phase where we lost some guys.

It felt there was something missing in the camp but now Dan is doing it again; bringing in top guys in all different styles to strengthen weaknesses and round out the fighters in the gym. The way Lambert runs ATT is beautiful. He charges 5% for training and management and that’s it.

We are trying to grow even more and get the best fighters from all over.

Dave Herbert: The UFC has been to Brazil twice now but the timing was not right for you to be on the card. Are you hoping to get on the next card they do in Brazil?

Thiago Alves: I would love to but I don’t think I will get to be on the next one. It’s 14 weeks away and I have a feeling this fight is going to be a war bro.

I mean you never know, money talks so if the UFC wants me on the card I will be ready. I definitely want to fight in Brazil this year regardless.

I want to fight 3 times this year, hopefully again in June and then again before the end of the year so maybe it will work out so that I can be on a Brazil card.

Dave Herbert: What was your take on the Diaz/Condit fight?

Thiago Alves: When I saw it at first I was thinking Diaz because he pushed the pace and he ended the fight with a takedown and getting Condit’s back but then I see all the reviews and statistics that show Condit landed more strikes and basically outstruck him. None of it maters now though. Condit has the belt and that’s how it is and now he is a target for me.

Dave Herbert: What fight for you in the division intrigues you the most?

Thiago Alves: There’s alot of otions right now and welterweight is one of the deepest divisions right.

If I go through Kampmann, my next fight could be anyone from the winner of Ellenberger/Sanchez to Brian Ebersole or even the winner of Koscheck/Hendricks. I would love to fight any one of them.

Of course I would love to fight Diaz but that is out the window at least for now.

Dave Herbert: Say the UFC offered a decorated wrestler Johny Hendricks. Would there be any hesitation in accepting the fight?

Thiago Alves: None. Hendricks would be a great matchup for me. He’s a great wrestler but this is not a wrestling match. This is MMA and everything changes once you get punched in the face. Also my current coach used to be Johny’s coach so that is a plus. Bring any wrestler because I’m ready.

Dave Herbert: Now that you have been working with Dolce steadily for a while, do you have your diet and weight cutting down to a science?

Thiago Alves: The first time I was ‘I can’t believe this is going to work.’ The 2nd time I will still unsure but it was the last I knew no matter what if I stick ot this diet I’m going to make weight every time and be ready for war the next day.

I have been competing in the UFC up until my last few fights with maybe 60% of my abilities. With Rick Story I will say I made a mistake…when I wanted to go to war it was too late.

Dolce isn’t just doing my dieting but my strength and conditioning as well and has been since my last fight with Papy. Before Mike I used to blow up to 205. Now I don’t go above 185 unless I do nothing and even then I don’t get above 200.

I get lighter and lighter every training camp and now it I can do it in my sleep. I’m very excited to see how it works out against a much better, more experienced fighter Kampmann.

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Thiago Alves explains decision to sign with BKFC

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After 14 years and 27 fights with the UFC, Thiago Alves found himself longing for a fresh start. So, when the promotion offered him a new deal after a pair of losses to Laureano Staropoli and Tim Means, he respectfully declined, and signed an exclusive contract with upstart bare knuckle promotion Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) instead.

“I’ve been in MMA for such a long time, I’ve been with the UFC for such a long time,” Alves told hours after his signing with BKFC was announced. “I’m excited for a new stage. Anything new at this stage in my life is super exciting. I’ve been following BKFC for a little bit now, and I think it’s savage.

“The money is great,” the 36-year-old added. “I have no complaints when it comes to that. That was my goal, to get paid. I’m able to do that and I’m able to fist fight, so I can’t really complain. I think this is a new wave of combat sports right now, and I’m excited to be in it right now and take this thing to a whole different level.

“I was talking to a few other organizations, but nothing really interested be as much as BKFC did because it’s something new.”

Alves has actually competed sans gloves before, back in the early days of his MMA career, but this will be his first foray into the ultra-violent sport of bare knuckle boxing. He plans to train diligently to make the transition as seamless as possible.

He’s already begun his preparations at American Top Team in Florida, and is immediately enjoying the process.

“I did fight bare knuckle back in Brazil, but it was MMA,” he said. “I’ve been a martial artist my whole life. I’m very disciplined. If I train for something, I’m going to execute. There’s no way around it, that’s how I’ve always been.

“This week I started my so-called camp,” he added. “We’re not kicking, we’re not grappling, we’re just focusing on cardio, strength and conditioning, and boxing. It’s kind of nice not having to worry about not getting choked out and all the injuries that come along with hard wrestling and hard grappling.

“I don’t think it will be that much of a transition coming from MMA to bare knuckle. When you think about it, MMA uses four oz gloves, that’s really not that much padding. I don’t wrap my hands a lot when I fight either. The only difference is you might get cut a little more. I’m a good looking guy, but I’m not a model, so I don’t worry about that.”

Alves intends to make his BKFC debut in April or May, in BKFC’s 165-pound division. While he’s already been called out by fellow UFC veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg, it’s not clear who will be standing across from him in his debut, and he’s confident he’ll excel no matter who he’s fighting.


“I think this fighting style fits perfect to what I’m able to do inside the cage,” Alves said. “Everybody knows me for my kicks, but when it comes to boxing, just throwing hands, dude, I’m a sniper. I know what to do and what not to do. I’m going to be in the pocket, I’m going to be inside, and I’m going to cause damage.

“It’s going to be awesome,” he added. “I’ve been hitting the bag without gloves and I can just feel the power. My knuckles are getting harder. My forearms are getting stronger. I’m going to break people’s faces. I’m going break people’s ribs. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.”

Alves’ goals in the BKFC ring are simple: break faces and ribs until the promotion wraps a belt around his waist.

“I’m going to be a champion,” he said confidently. “I’m 100% dedicated to be the best I can be.

“I’m going to take this to a whole ‘nother level.”

Once he accomplishes that goal, he’ll take a step back and consider his next move, but he currently doesn’t intend to fight past 38 years old.

“Because of this new, fresh start, I feel rejuvenated, so we’ll see,” he said. “I definitely don’t want to be fighting forever. I think 38 is my cut-off age.

“I’m so resolved, so focused on bare knuckle fighting and that’s where my head should be right now,” he concluded. “Once I’m done with this chapter in my life, we’ll see what’s next for me, but right now I’m 100% in on fist fighting.”

This article first appeared on on 1/23/2020.

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Thiago Alves UFC conditioning circuit

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 ” a pitbull.” He d 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.