This victory obviously meant a lot to you and, after tough fights that you’ve gone through in the past, do you see this victory as a corner turned? Is this the start of another chapter in the career of Thiago Alves?
Definitely and I’m definitely a new person with a new mentality. I learn a lot throughout this camp for this fight and I’ve got the right people with me. I’ve got Mike Dolce doing my strength and conditioning as well as my nutrition and I’ve got the best coaches in the business over at American Top Team and the best training partners.
It’s just a matter of time now for me to become everything that I said I was going to become. I will be a world champion; it’s just a matter of time.
So what was different about this training camp specifically when compared to other training camps?
I learned a lot in my last fight with Rick Story. You never leave it up to the judges but I had such a good training camp that when it came to fight time I just wanted things to happen. I didn’t want to work.
I just wanted things to happen like a miracle; like I’d just throw a kick and he’d just hit his head on my leg or something like that and I learned that you’ve got to put in work in training but if you don’t perform when it matters then it’s all for nothing.
Sometimes you forget these things when you get good wins but now I’m focused on performing whenever I step inside the Octagon and I’m really excited for this new phase in my career.
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