Thiago Alves or Thiago Alves d’Araujo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist born on October 3, 1983. He is currently signed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and competes in the welterweight division. As of March 2016, he is ranked 15 in his division by the UFC.
Alves was born and raised in beautiful Fortaleza in Brazil. At 15, he began training in Muay Thai and by age 17, he was already training in mixed martial arts. His first win as an amateur mixed martial artist was when he was 15. He defeated an opponent ten years older than him via a unanimous decision. By age 19, he relocated to Coconut Creek in Florida to train at the highly notable American Top Team.
The 32-year old fighter is nicknaked, “Pitbull”. He stands 5 feet and 9 inches and comes with a 70-inch reach. He comes with a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and several accomplishments in his mixed martial arts career including a 2-time Fight of the Night, a one-time Performance of the Night and a one-time Knockout of the Night. At present, he has a mixed martial arts record of 31 fights with 21 wins and 10 losses. His wins include 12 by knockout, 2 by submission and 7 by submission.
His latest fights happened in 2015. He was able to fight Jordan Mein and won over technical knockout using a body kick. The fight took place in Las Vegas during the UFC 183 event in January of 2015. This was the time he earned his Performance of the Night. He also fought with Carlos Condit on May 30, 2015 and lost via TKO and by a doctor stoppage. This event happened in Brazil.