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Thiago Alves: “I’m a fighter 24/7 and I’m loving every second.”

When Thiago Alves steps inside the Octagon this Friday night to face Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC on FX 2 you can expect to see a different “Pitbull” in action. Alves, who rebounded from a 1-3 stretch in the UFC with a recent victory over Papy Abedi, decided to focus himself on MMA completely this time around, taking out the guilty pleasures that had hindered his performances in the past.

“Being a fighter, it just doesn’t stop the clock. It’s 24/7,” said Alves in an interview with MMAWeekly. “It’s the way you carry yourself throughout the world, throughout life while in this business and I learned that. I’m a fighter 24/7 and I’m loving every second.”

Now that he’s 100% focused on fighting Alves explained he expects it to show in his performance against Kampmann, an 18-5 fighters coming off a win over Rick Story.

“I know I’ve got the power and explosion advantage,” Alves stated. “We’re going to try and break Martin Kampmann.”

UFC on FX 2 takes place from Australia on Friday night. The card will also feature the opening round of the organization’s flyweight tournament with the winners moving on to fight for the inaugural UFC flyweight title.


  • MCM says:

    Kampmann sub rnd 2.
    Although Martins only legitimate losses have been by TKO/KO and Alves is clearly capable of shutting anyones lights off, I’m still pulling for Kampmann.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’ll keep saying it… I wish the winner of this fight would face Diaz, assuming he’s licensed to fight within 6 months.

    Either one would make for a great matchup with Diaz and, most importantly, I feel like this is the level Nick should be at, rather than being given immediate title shots. And there’s no shame at all in being asked to fight guys like Alves or Kampmann, in order to work his way up the division and (potentially) earn a title shot down the road.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I remember a UFC All Access back a while ago that featured Hughes and Alves, and it was pretty clear that Alves wasn’t 100% focused on fighting. He spent a lot of time at night clubs and partying, even when he had training the next morning. If he’s truly focused himself, he has the physical tools to be a devastating force in the WW division.
    I guess we’ll see when he fights the always game Kampmann

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