Place of Birth: Fortaleza, Brazil
Thiago Alves is an elite fighter in the UFC’s welterweight division. He started training in Muay Thai when he was 15 and mixed martial arts at 17. He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been described as a “Muay Thai wrecking machine”.
Alves embarked on a 7-fight win streak, earning himself a welterweight title shot against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009. Alves was taken down a total of ten times during the fight and was outwrestled by GSP in all five rounds en route to losing via unanimous decision.
NOTABLE VICTORIES: John Howard, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, John Alessio, Marcus Davis
NOTABLE LOSSES: Jon Fitch (twice), Georges St-Pierre, Spencer Fisher