Thiago Alves is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. 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”. He is currently ranked the #3
welterweight in the world by multiple MMA sites.
Thiago had his first professional bout at the age of 15, against a 25-year-old man, and won the bout by unanimous decision.
At the age of 19, Thiago relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek Florida to join the prestigious American Top Team camp. From there he put together key wins against Mike Littlefeild, Nuri Shakir, Marcus Davis and Jason Chambers.
Thiago then received his opportunity to fight in the UFC where he has hefted John Alessio by unanimous decision and KO’d Derrik Noble, Ansar Chalangnov, Karo Parisyan, and UFC welterweight legend Matt Hughes.
His style is Kick boxing/Muay Thai (see our earlier post on why you need Kick boxing). His style is one that many young, up and coming, fighters (especially in Indian cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Mumbai) can emulate. For starters his technique in kick boxing is picture perfect and despite what people may say, power does come to those who have the best technique. His bone crushing kicks against Papi Abedi or Howard were a perfect mix of power and technique and showcased how kicks alone can be used as a set for all other techniques namely punches, knees, elbows and even jiu jitsu.
The majority of his defeats have come by the way of either decisions, where he has faced superior wrestlers or by submission where he has faced expert bjj (jiu jitsu) players who have been able to trap the “pitbull”. Despite his world class stand up and Muay Thai skills more work is probably needed in grappling which we are sure he is working on as we speak. This just goes to say that no longer can a fighter rely on just one aspect of MMA to progress to the top echelon of the sport. For Thiago to move further in the world rankings and even win the title he would need to add either lethal submissions or world standard grappling skills to his game.
Nevertheless Thiago is a very dangerous fighter whose aggressive style is always sure to be a crowd pleaser. And at the young age of 26 years old is sure to be a threat in the UFC and MMA welterweight division for years to come.