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Thiago Alves plans to make a statement against Papy Abedi at UFC 138

Thiago Alves has fallen on hard times since earning a UFC welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre a few years ago.

Alves, who will return to England this weekend to face UFC newcomer Papy Abedi at UFC 138, is looking to correct himself from a recent 1-2 skid inside the Octagon.

“The Pitbull” was stopped by Jon Fitch in 2010 before rebounding with a win over John Howard. However, he was unable to overcome Rick Story and now needs to make a statement against Abedi.

“I’m to the point in my life right now that I don’t want to lose any fights anymore and it’s up to me,” said Alves, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I control my destiny, and I took control of all my actions and everything that happens in my life.”

Alves said he learned a lot in the loss to Story, adding, “Just because I worked so hard in my training camp, I thought the fight was gonna be easy.”

This will be the second time fighting over in England for Alves, as he defeated Matt Hughes in one of his biggest wins ever in 2008. Alves, who missed weight for the fight, caught Hughes with a flying knee before finishing him with strikes on the ground in the second round.

UFC 138 takes place Saturday and will feature a main event pitting Chris Leben against Mark Munoz. The show will be televised via tape-delay on Spike TV.


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