Although it wasn’t that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, when Thiago Alves was busy punishing welterweights en route to a bout with champ George St.Pierre, it certainly seems like ages. Perhaps that’s due to the fact 2013 will go by without seeing the “Pitbull” compete, and that the last time he fought was in February, 2012, when he was tapped out by Martin Kampmann.
Now if you haven’t followed up on the former number one contender recently, Alves has been sidelined due to a brutal string of injuries, which have required him to undergo not one, or two, but four surgeries. That’s crazy and obviously not in a good way. The 29 year-old American Top Team fighter recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about his recent setbacks, and when he hopes to fight again.
“I’m slowly returning to trainings seven weeks after my last surgery,” said Alves, whose last win took place in November, 2011 when he submitted Papy Abedi at UFC 138. “It will take some time for me to return, I’m thinking about maybe February or March next year. I’ll take this year to recover and get better.”
“It’s really frustrating, man,” noted Alves, who lost by UD to GSP in 2009. “I never heard of anyone with four consecutive surgeries in this sport. But I try to take something positive from every negative situation, and this time off made me know myself better and understand the sport, what I need to do to be successful. Sometimes, no matter how hard you train things won’t go the way you want. I’ve learned a lot.”
Alves also relayed that he was smart with his money earlier in his career, which included some bonuses, and that as a result he’s been okay financially. That’s good news, but here’s hoping Alves can earn another fight purse in the near future.
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