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Thiago Alves

33-Year-Old     UFC     Welterweight     27-11-0

Birthdate:  October 3, 1983    Height:  5'9    Weight:  Welterweight    

September 18, 2017    Thiago Alves News

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Alves' withdrawal from his scheduled UFC Pittsburgh matchup against Mike Perry was not injury related, and he hopes to be rebooked by December, MMAFighting.com reports.

Alves withdrew from his welterweight matchup with Mike Perry the week of the fight, and the reasons were initially undisclosed. The Brazilian later released a statement via his personal Instagram account that clarified he stayed behind with his family in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many fighters in the area left for the event early, and while Alves stayed back, travel complications prevented him from getting a later flight out. Despite losing the scheduled bout (and the accompanying pay day), the good news is that Alves isn't dealing with any injuries, and intends to be booked again within the next few months. There shouldn't be much love lost from UFC brass, given the circumstances, as Alves is a veteran of the promotion since 2005. He recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a UFC 210 victory over Patrick Cote and is looking to find his way back into the 170-pound rankings.

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Alves has withdrawn from his co-main event fight with Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on September 15, Damon Martin of MMAWeekly.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It is yet unclear why Alves decided to withdraw and there is no clear replacement for him yet. Since there are so few days left until the promotion, it seems finding a replacement on such short notice will be tough to do. There will likely be more updates on his status in the near future.
Alves will look for a second consecutive victory when he faces Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on September 16, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves (22-11) came back from a two-fight losing streak with a dominating effort against Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April, and Perry (10-1) also rebounded from a loss in April, knocking out Jake Ellenberger. The fight was scheduled for UFC 215 in August and then subsequently cancelled because of the proximity to the Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather bout on Aug. 26.
Alves defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 210 on Saturday in Buffalo.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves' strong effort coincided with him moving back up to welterweight. After depleting his body and ultimately missing weight against Jim Miller in November, the Brazilian looked much more comfortable with the extra 15 pounds on his frame. Alves still doesn't posses the foot or hand speed that he did earlier in his career, but he can tag you if you give him an opening. While there still isn't a ton of reason for optimism here moving forward, it's clear that Alves should be fighting at 170 pounds for the rest of his career.
Alves (+140) is the underdog for his welterweight fight against Patrick Cote which will take place at UFC 210 on Saturday in Buffalo.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves missed weight for his previous fight which was a loss to Jim Miller at UFC 205 in November. He will be in search of a better result against Cote at 170 pounds, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much. Alves has been as inconsistent as they come over the course of his UFC career.
Alves was suspended three months by the New York State Athletic Commission for missing weight by 6.6 pounds for his bout with Jim Miller, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves missed weight, but Miller added two pounds to get within the five-pound difference for the fight to continue. He would lose by unanimous decision, and will now have to wait until at least February 12, 2017 to get back into the Octagon.
Alves lost to Jim Miller via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 205 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

To recap: Alves missed weight on Friday by more than six pounds and then lost his fight on Saturday after Miller gained two pounds in order for the fight to proceed. Not a great 48 hours for the Brazilian. Alves appeared slow and sluggish for the majority of the fight, which shouldn't be considered a surprise considering how tough his weight cut was. Alves was able to land a couple nice power shots here and there, but then he left himself open for a takedown and Miller would promptly plant him on his back. The 33-year-old American Top Team product hasn't won a fight in nearly two years.
Alves (undisclosed) will fight Jim Miller at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves was originally scheduled to face Al Iaquintana in his return to the octagon, but Iaquintana pulled out due to a contract dispute. He will instead face veteran fighter Jim Miller in a bout that will headline UFC Fight Pass. Alves hasn't fought since May of 2015, when he was TKO'ed by Carlos Condit due to a doctor stoppage. He was scheduled to fight last November against Benson Henderson but was forced to withdraw because of an undisclosed injury. While he will need to get back into the flow after a year and a half out of the cage, he'll face the equally-aged and possibly over the hill Miller rather than the 29-year-old Iaquinta.
Alves will face Al Iaquinta at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves hasn't had a UFC fight since May of 2015, when he lost to Carlos Condit via TKO (doctor stoppage). He was scheduled to take on Benson Henderson in November of that year, but ended up withdrawing due to an undisclosed injury. Nearly a full calendar year later, the Pitbull will return to face Iaquinta, a 29-year-old New York native currently riding a four-fight winning streak. Rust might be a factor for Iaquinta as well, as he hasn't fought since April 2015 due to knee surgery. Alves will look to use a size advantage to lead him to an early stoppage, but he'll certainly have his work cut out for him against a younger fighter.
Alves has withdrawn from his scheduled bout against Benson Henderson on Nov. 28 due to an undisclosed injury.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves had been looking to bounce back from a May 30 loss to Carlos Condit, but he'll have to get healthy before attempting to begin another winning streak. In his place, Jorge Masdival will step in to face Henderson for the fight scheduled in Seoul, South Korea.
Alves will go up against Benson Henderson in the main event at UFC Fight Night on November 28 in Seoul, South Korea, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves seemed committed to dropping down to lightweight after this last fight, a loss to Carlos Condit, but this report states that this fight will take place at welterweight. Perhaps Henderson had no desire to drop back down to lightweight. Either way, Alves has a tough fight on his hands here. He is up against it to avoid back-to-back losses.
A fight between Alves and Benson Henderson is being targeted for the main event for the UFC Fight Night event on November 28 in Seoul, South Korea, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It was reported last month that Alves would be moving down to lightweight, so it certainly appears that this fight will take place at 155 pounds if it comes to fruition. Alves had his face rearranged by Carlos Condit in his last fight in May. A fight that was ultimately stopped by the doctor and resulted in a loss on Alves' record.
Alves will move down a weight class to the lightweight division, according to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves is coming off a brutal defeat at the hands of Carlos Condit, and apparently thinks he'll have a better shot to compete in the 155-pound weight class. Rather than challenge the likes of Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley for a shot at welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, he'll have to go through fighters such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis to get to champion Rafael dos Anjos. It remains to be seen how his body will respond to cutting an extra 15 pounds, especially without the ability to rehydrate via IV, per recent rules changes.
Alves (nose) was issued a 180-day medical suspension by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 67 on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves was defeated at the hands of Condit via TKO (doctor's stoppage) after he caught a vicious elbow in the second round that ended up breaking his nose. The Pitbull is expected to require surgery to repair the break, and will be out of action until he is either cleared by a doctor, or his 180 days are up. The 31-year-old had been the No. 12-ranked welterweight fighter heading into Saturday's loss, and it remains unclear what his next move will be at this time.
Alves lost to Carlos Condit via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Goiania, Brazil.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves may very well have won the first round but he served as a punching bag for Condit for nearly the entire second round. One particularly brutal elbow broke Alves' nose and the referee wouldn't allow him to come back out for Round 3. Alves is never going to quit, so it was a smart stoppage. It's hard to believe that Alves is ever going to do enough to earn another welterweight title shot (he lost to Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 100 in July 2009), but he should remains on the fringes of the top-ten for the foreseeable future.