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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.