Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves will be looking to avenge a prior defeat that has haunted him for more than four years as the American Top Team trained knockout artist clashes with relentless ground and pound technician Jon Fitch at UFC 117.
The pair of welterweights are set to face off in a highly anticipated rematch on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Retuning to the Octagon for the first time since having corrective surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation in the brain following a title defeat suffered at the hands of Georges St Pierre at UFC 100, Alves is candid about his level of confidence heading into this extremely pivotal bout with Fitch.
“I can’t wait for it to happen, man… This fight needed to happen, but I’ll get him this time, I’ll beat this guy up, I’ll knock him out,” said Alves in a recent conversation with Tatame.com.
The 26-year-old Brazilian promises to display a brand new and improved version of himself come UFC 117.
“I believe we both improved a lot, but I’m much better than him now,” said Alves. “When I fought him, I wasn’t on my best shape, but there’re no apologies, he won. I’m much more complete when it comes to that last fight, I can’t wait to show people who the new Pitbull is.”
And if things go his way against Fitch in California, Alves would be lying if he said he wasn’t interested in avenging that UFC 100 defeat suffered to the current UFC Welterweight Champion.
“I fixed what I had to fix,” said Alves in regards to how he has evolved since his prior meeting with GSP. “There’re no apologies, [St Pierre] was better than me on that night, but nowadays things would be different. But, first I have to beat Jon Fitch.”