Alves: I'm glad I didn't win the title in 2009


After a seven fight win streak, Thiago Alves challenged Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2009. Alves lost a five round decision, but looking back believes it might have been the best thing for him:

“I wasn’t ready for the title at that time,” Alves said. “I’m glad I didn’t get it. Maybe I wouldn’t even be alive if I had become champion at that time because I was in such a wrong way.” 

It’s pretty crazy when you consider Alves has already fought 17 times for the UFC, just sat out 25 months -- and is still just 30 years old. 

Now that his body is cooperating again, Alves is confident big things lie ahead. 

“I’ve been pushing my limit constantly since the surgeries to see how my body holds up and it’s been great,” Alves said. 

“The welterweight division has always been competitive. There are so many guys at this weight. It doesn’t mean the division is better now, though. The biggest threat has always been [St-Pierre] because he’s such a smart fighter. I don’t see other guys doing that. The guys you see in this division right now, once they get hit a few times they are going to go after you. The division is wide open. I see a big opening.”

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Wasa-B site profile image  

4/23/14 2:47 AM by Wasa-B

I remember Alves and fitch rematched on the first Andy/chael card. Alves was def weaker then IMO. I think the Alves that went on that run up to,GSP woulda beat dis to fitch

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4/23/14 1:41 AM by CaptChaos

Alves said in the past he thought he knew how to cut weight until he met Dolce. He has the body type to blow up like a tick. I remember seeing him at a local show in Atlantic city years ago and his coach said he was walking around at 210.Anyway there was no one in the WW division that could stand with him. He really put a whooping on Lytle, destroyed Koscheck on the feet, beat a dangerous Howard, and beat up Kampmann before getting caught at the end of that fight. I think there are some great style match ups for him at WW now. If he can prevent the TD I don't see anyone beating him on the feet. He's such a confidant fighter when standing. I was at the live show when he fought Story. That was a boring fight but Story had a great game plan and stifled Thiago. Story was also on a tear at that time. Can't wait to see him back in the cage again!

Darth Ryase site profile image  

4/22/14 4:55 PM by Darth Ryase

Alves was and is a beast. I almost feel like he was one of the first of this new generation of up and coming fighters who are freak athletes that could have chosen many other sports, but chose MMA. That condition he had really knocked off a significant portion of his prime. At this point I really doubt he'll ever be champion.

RJJH site profile image  

4/22/14 10:26 AM by RJJH


MattyECB site profile image  

4/22/14 10:21 AM by MattyECB

You're right, there's no way finding out you were an inch from a massive seizure and brain hemmorhage immediately after the fight of your life against a p4p legend would be disheartening.   Certainly not if you were lucky enough for said pathology to be discovered right before your long awaited rematch with your only other UFC loss besides St Pierre (a 13-1 Fitch).    And certainly, certainly not if that fight was deemed a number 1 contentender match by Dana White, and represented your second chance at glory and to rematch GSP.   And certainly, certainly, certainly not if said pathology kept you sidelined for over a year, then saw you return to your long awaited #1 Contender Grudge rematch bloated and overweight, causing you to lose 20% of your fight purse and put on the worst performance of your career, gassing within the first stanza of the fight...   And cert... Well, you get the fucking idea. This dude went from being a young 20 something prospect that probably couldn't even remember what defeat tasted like, to a vulnerable and struggling fighter who's lost relevancy as the new wave of WWs has taken over.    I'm really hoping for a career renaissance, but considering Alves has never tested positive or even had other fighters accuse him or imply he's a user, I'm going to suggest you're either trolling or one of the many internet Dr.s who thinks an eye test means fucking anything. I mean I think he popped for diuretics once, but if you've ever read how he used to lose weight, it actually makes a lot of sense. Sherdog had a great article on his weight cutting tactics when he first switched to Dolce and was still relevant, where he explained he'd basically starve himself for days on end before a weight cut and sweat dangerous amounts (something corroborated by team mates and I believe Dolce himself). Either way, saying he's obviously a steroid user is pretty dickish, and using him being depressed or going through difficult times as proof of steroid abuse is about as dumb as using the eye test

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

4/22/14 10:00 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

GSP at UFC was an absolute beast.No one in the world could've beat him that night.I hope Alves continues with Dolce and gets some wins.LOve his style, attitude, and he seems like a gem of a guy.

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

4/22/14 10:00 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

^ UFC 100. :)

Lanceness021 site profile image  

4/22/14 8:34 AM by Lanceness021

He's pretty obviously a heavy steroid user. Usually steroid users use other stuff, particularly when they are dealing with post cycle depression.

RJJH site profile image  

4/22/14 8:25 AM by RJJH

boom. War Alves!! I will always be a fan.

MattyECB site profile image  

4/22/14 8:22 AM by MattyECB

  GSP has expressed very similar sentiments about the first time he fought Hughes and lost -- explaining he was still immature, not really ready to handle the fame and got completely overwhelmed... A fact somewhat proven by his later loss to Serra when he didn't take him very seriously and saw his camp fall apart after his uncle's (or whomever's) death.    Obviously if Alves ends his career never getting another shot or winning a title he won't mean that, but Alves is speaking like a man who expects, or rather, knows he'll win the title in the future and this is how a true champion should think. Considering he got sidelined with brain surgery shortly after the title fight, he may have been more right than a lot of ppl realize