Thiago Alves d'Araujo (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈawvis]; born 3 October 1983) is a Brazilian bare-knuckle fighter and former mixed martial artist. A 27-fight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he competed in the promotion from 2005 until 2019. Aside from being a professional fighter, Alves has been a striking coach at the American Top Team since 2017.
|Born||Thiago Alves d'Araujo|
3 October 1983
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Website||Official UFC Profile http://www.thiagoalves.tv/|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, Alves began training in Muay Thai at the age of 15 in order to get in better shape before transitioning to mixed martial arts at the age of 17. Alves won his first MMA bout as an amateur at just 15 years old, defeating a 25-year-old competitor by unanimous decision. At 19, Alves relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek, Florida to train full-time at the prestigious American Top Team camp.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Alves, with a record of 8–3, received an invitation to make his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2 against fellow UFC newcomer Spencer Fisher. The fight would take place on Alves' twenty-second birthday. Despite having early success in the bout, especially on the ground, Alves fell victim to a triangle choke late in the second round.
Thiago returned to action on the undercard of UFC 56, defeating previously-undefeated Ansar Chalangov by TKO due to punches at 2:25 into the first round.
At UFC 59, Thiago was matched up against Derrick Noble, a fighter he had previously lost to by (rear-naked choke). The two fighters were both aggressive on the feet, in which Alves was forced to cover up after getting rocked with a flurry by Noble. Looking to capitalize, Noble rushed in when Alves caught him with a perfectly timed counterpunch that dropped him and led to Alves scoring a TKO victory.
At Ultimate Fight Night 5, Alves was matched up against fellow up-and-comer Jon Fitch. In a match-up of two future top welterweight contenders, Fitch defeated Alves via TKO at 4:37 into the second round after landing a flush upkick to the face of Alves which dropped him and led to Fitch finishing the fight with strikes.
"Pitbull" completed a busy 2006, during which he fought four times. At UFC 66, he dominated Tony DeSouza, knocking out the jiu-jitsu black belt with a knee in the second round. Following his victory, it was announced that Alves tested positive for a diuretic, spironolactone, which he supposedly used to help him lose water weight in order to make the 170-pound limit. As a result of the failed drug test, Alves was suspended eight months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and fined $5,500.
Alves returned at UFC Fight Night 11, where he knocked out Japanese fighter Kuniyoshi Hironaka with a punch and knee in the second round. Less than two months later, Alves faced off against veteran contender Chris Lytle at UFC 78. After an exciting stand-up battle, doctors halted the bout at the end of the second round because of a cut above the eye of Lytle, declaring Alves the winner by doctor stoppage. The bout earned both fighters Fight of the Night bonus award.
In his first bout of 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13, Alves faced his biggest test to date, as he was matched up against welterweight contender Karo Parisyan. After resisting any attempts to grapple but failing to amount any significant offense during the stand-up exchanges throughout the first round, "The Pitbull" scored a knee to the head of Parisyan, knocking down the judo expert before finishing him on the ground with strikes.
Rising up the welterweight ranksEdit
Once again taking just two months between bouts, Alves accepted a fight against former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, a fighter widely considered the most dominant champion in UFC history. The Welterweight bout, which served as the main event of UFC 85 in London, was scheduled as a late replacement after Chuck Liddell had to pull out of his headliner fight against Rashad Evans with a hamstring injury.
Prior to the bout, Alves surprised many by missing weight for the welterweight bout—coming in at 174 pounds. Despite his opponent missing the 170-pound limit, Hughes accepted the fight at a catchweight. Despite the pre-fight blunder, Alves shocked the crowd by dominating the heavily favored former champion. After picking apart Hughes standing and displaying vastly-improved takedown defense throughout the first round, "The Pitbull" knocked Hughes down with a flying knee and followed him to the ground with punches early in the second, earning a TKO stoppage. This win earned Alves his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. In the post fight interview, Alves attributed not making weight to spraining his ankle two weeks before the fight.
Next, Alves was slated to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 90, in what many believed would be a match for the number-one contender spot. Sanchez, however, would be forced to pull out of the bout just weeks before the event due to injury.
Josh Koscheck, another top-contender and four-time NCAA wrestling All-American, stepped in for Sanchez on short notice. Alves controlled most of the fight and won via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 30–27). The Brazilian's improved takedown-defense was once again on display, as the American Top Team fighter forced Koscheck into a kick boxing battle. Alves' devastating leg kicks proved to be a factor throughout the bout, taking away much of Koscheck's mobility. He also managed to drop Koscheck several times during the 3-round bout, but Koscheck's quick recovery enabled him to survive the onslaughts.
Welterweight title shotEdit
With his impressive victory over Koscheck, Alves was on a 7-fight win streak, winning 9 of his past 10 bouts. After consecutive dominant performances against Parisyan, Hughes and Koscheck, Dana White announced that Alves had earned a title shot against the winner of the welterweight title-fight at UFC 94. After Georges St-Pierre defended his title at UFC 94, Alves entered the ring to congratulate him. St. Pierre said that he was looking forward to facing Alves in the cage. Thiago Alves fought Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on 11 July 2009 at UFC 100. During the fight, Alves was taken down a total of ten times. Although he showed potential on his feet and put in a resilient performance on the ground, continually getting back up, he was ultimately subjected to a clinic put on by St. Pierre and being outwrestled in all five rounds ultimately losing via unanimous decision (50–45, 50–44, and 50–45).
Alves was scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 107 in a rematch of their bout at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5. However Alves suffered a knee injury, forcing him to withdrawfrom the fight. Alves was then scheduled to face Fitch on 27 March 2010 at UFC 111. However, on 25 March, Alves was taken off the card due to the discovery of an arteriovenous malformation in the brain from a pre fight CAT scan. Alves had the corrective surgery on 31 March 2010 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He took leave of absence, staying in New Jersey with his wife, Melissa Farrand Alves, and was expected to fight again during the summer of 2010.
The Alves/Fitch rematch, originally slated for UFC 107, then UFC 111, then UFC 115, finally took place at UFC 117. This fight was confirmed to be the number one contendership for the welterweight championship (to fight the winner of the St-Pierre/Koscheck bout). Alves again failed to make weight, weighing in at 171.5 lb, meaning he had to give up 20% of his fight purse. Alves would go on to lose to Fitch via unanimous decision. Dana White stated in the post fight press conference that Alves could be moving to the middleweight division.
Days later, Alves said that he'd been given one more chance by the UFC to compete as a welterweight.
Alves faced John Howard on 11 December 2010 at UFC 124. Alves won by a dominant unanimous decision in one of his best performances in the UFC, out-striking and out-wrestling Howard and eventually getting a knockdown in the third round with a clean punch.
Following the victory over Howard, Alves lost to Rick Story on 28 May 2011 at UFC 130 via unanimous decision. Alves had a slow start to both the first and second round, during which Story pressured Alves against the cage but was unable to land any significant damage or takedowns. Alves managed to find his rhythm and began landing clean strikes that resulted in him winning the third round, however ended up losing 29–28 on all three judges' scorecards.
Alves faced promotional newcomer Papy Abedi at UFC 138. After exchanging hard leg and body kicks, and showing good takedown defence, Alves was able to land a two-punch combination that dropped Abedi, securing full mount and opening up a cut due to elbows. Displaying improved ground control, Alves defeated Abedi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:32 of round one to secure his first submission victory in the UFC (and first submission victory in his MMA career that wasn't due to strikes).
Alves faced Martin Kampmann on 3 March 2012 at UFC on FX 2. After avoiding takedowns and outstriking Kampmann for the majority of the fight, Alves was submitted in the final minute of the bout after being caught in a guillotine while trying to secure a takedown.
Alves was expected to face Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama on 21 July 2012 at UFC 149. However, Akiyama was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Siyar Bahadurzada. Then on 1 June, Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury  and was replaced by Chris Clements.
After over two years away from the sport due to a litany of injuries and lengthy rehabilitations, Alves returned to face Seth Baczynski on 19 April 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. He won the fight via unanimous decision. The win also earned Alves his second Fight of the Night bonus award.
Alves was expected to face Jordan Mein on 23 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49. However, Alves pulled out of the bout citing yet another injury, and was replaced by Brandon Thatch. Subsequently, Thatch also pulled out of the bout with Mein citing a toe injury. The bout between Alves and Mein would later be rescheduled and eventually took place on 31 January 2015 at UFC 183. Alves won the fight via TKO in the second round, after hurting Mein with a brutal kick in the solar plexus and capitalizing with subsequent punches. This win also won Alves his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Fighting twice in a year for the first time since 2011, Alves returned to face Carlos Condit on 30 May 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 67. Alves lost the fight via TKO after the cage-side doctor ended the contest between the second and third round due to the amount of damage Alves had taken.
Alves was expected to face Al Iaquinta in a lightweight bout on 12 November 2016 at UFC 205. However, Iaquinta announced on 19 September that he would not be taking the fight due to a contract dispute with the promotion. Alves was rescheduled to face Jim Miller at the event. At the weigh-ins, Alves missed weight by nearly seven pounds, weighing in at 162.6 lbs. Miller, who was already on weight, had to rehydrate to keep their weight difference within 7 pounds. Because of that, he came in at 157.6 lbs and the bout proceeded at catchweight. New York State Athletic Commission and UFC officials indicated that Alves must not weigh more than 173 lbs the day of the fight or the fight would be cancelled. As a result, Alves was fined 20% of his fight purse, which went to Miller. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Alves was scheduled to face Zak Cummings on 14 January 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi. On 13 January 2018, it was announced that Cummings injured his head after a bathroom slip and the bout against Alves was cancelled.
On 11 January 2020 it was reported that Alves was released by the UFC.
On 22 January 2020, news surfaced that Alves had signed a three-fight contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He was expected to make his promotional debut against Phil Baroni, however Baroni was removed from the card as the organization could not reach him in timely fashion. Instead, he made his promotional debut against former contender from The Ultimate Fighter, Julian Lane, at BKFC 12 in Daytona Beach, FL on 11 September 2020 Alves won the fight by split decision.
BKFC Middleweight ChampionEdit
Alves then faced Ulysses Diaz for the inaugural middleweight championship at BKFC 18. He claimed the championship via technical knockout after the ringside doctor stopped the bout after the third round.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||23 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||23–15||Tim Means||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||7 December 2019||1||2:38||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||23–14||Laureano Staropoli||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 237||11 May 2019||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||23–13||Max Griffin||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||2 February 2019||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Loss||22–13||Alexey Kunchenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik||15 September 2018||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||22–12||Curtis Millender||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||18 February 2018||2||4:17||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||22–11||Patrick Côté||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 210||8 April 2017||3||5:00||Buffalo, New York, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||21–11||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 205||12 November 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Lightweight debut; Alves missed weight (162.6 lbs).|
|Loss||21–10||Carlos Condit||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves||30 May 2015||2||5:00||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||21–9||Jordan Mein||TKO (body kick)||UFC 183||31 January 2015||2||0:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–9||Seth Baczynski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||19 April 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||19–9||Martin Kampmann||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||3 March 2012||3||4:12||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||19–8||Papy Abedi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 138||5 November 2011||1||3:32||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||18–8||Rick Story||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 130||28 May 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–7||John Howard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||11 December 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||17–7||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 117||7 August 2010||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States||Catchweight (171.5 lbs) bout. Alves missed weight.|
|Loss||17–6||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||11 July 2009||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17–5||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 90||25 October 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States||UFC Welterweight Championship eliminator.|
|Win||16–5||Matt Hughes||TKO (flying knee and punches)||UFC 85||7 June 2008||2||1:02||London, England||Catchweight (174 lbs) bout. Alves missed weight. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||15–5||Karo Parisyan||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||2 April 2008||2||0:34||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||14–5||Chris Lytle||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 78||17 November 2007||2||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–5||Kuniyoshi Hironaka||TKO (punch and knee)||UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs Florian||19 September 2007||2||4:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–5||Tony DeSouza||KO (knee)||UFC 66||30 December 2006||2||1:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Alves tested positive for banned diuretics.|
|Win||11–5||John Alessio||Decision (unanimous)||Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter||10 October 2006||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Jon Fitch||TKO (upkick and punches)||UFC Fight Night 5||28 June 2006||2||4:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–4||Derrick Noble||TKO (punches)||UFC 59||15 April 2006||1||2:54||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||9–4||Ansar Chalangov||TKO (punches)||UFC 56||19 November 2005||1||2:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Spencer Fisher||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night 2||3 October 2005||2||4:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Jeff Cox||KO (knee and punches)||KOTC 48: Payback||25 February 2005||1||0:15||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7–3||Jason Chambers||TKO (submission to punches)||IHC 8: Ethereal||20 November 2004||1||4:57||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–3||Nuri Shakir||Decision (unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 7||27 February 2004||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Derrick Noble||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 6||6 December 2003||2||2:13||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–2||Marcus Davis||Decision (split)||Hardcore Fighting Championships 2||18 October 2003||3||5:00||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–2||Mike Littlefield||TKO (punches)||Mass Destruction 12||16 August 2003||2||0:50||Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–2||Carlos Alexandre Pereira||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 2||20 March 2003||2||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–2||Fabio Holanda||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 1||28 November 2002||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||1–2||Wilson Belchoir||KO (punch)||Champions Night 3||8 October 2001||1||N/A||Brazil|
|Loss||0–2||Lucas Lopes||Decision (unanimous)||X: Fight||28 September 2001||3||5:00||João Pessoa, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Gleison Tibau||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 2||30 June 2001||2||3:31||Fortaleza, Brazil|
Bare knuckle recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Ulysses Diaz||TKO (doctor stoppage)||BKFC 18: Beltran vs. Shewmaker||26 June 2021||3||2:00||Miami, Florida, United States||Won the inaugural BKFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Julian Lane||Decision (split)||BKFC 12: Alves vs. Lane||11 September 2020||5||2:00||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Condit vs. Alves". UFC.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- "Thiago Alves - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Mike Bohn (3 February 2019). "With retirement plans set, Thiago Alves has ideas for final 'years of war'". mmajunkie.com.
- "Submission of the Week: Spencer Fisher chokes out Thiago Alves | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
- "NSAC Says Alves Tests Positive for Diuretic". Sherdog.com. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
- Stupp, Dann (16 February 2007). "Thiago Alves Suspended Eight Months, Fined $5,500 by NSAC". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "Alves, Lytle, Herman and Gono Win $55,000 UFC 78 Bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. 18 November 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
- "UFC 85 weigh-in results for 'Bedlam' PPV event in London; Thiago Alves misses weight". Mmamania.com. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "Alves, Burns, Wiman and Tavares earn $50K UFC 85 bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. 7 June 2008.
- Herman, Gary (13 October 2008). "Diego Sanchez out of UFC 90 match-up with Thiago Alves; to be replaced by Josh Koscheck". FiveOuncesofPain.com. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- Pishna, Ken (13 October 2008). "Koscheck Steps in to Face Alves at UFC 90". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "UFC 90 Results and Live Play-by-Play". MMAWeekly.com. 23 October 2008.
- Rousseau, Robert (25 October 2008). "UFC 90 Review: Anderson Silva retains title". MMAFighting.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- Pishna, Ken (9 December 2008). "Thiago Alves Gets Next Shot at UFC 170 Title". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- "Thank You". Ballhype.com. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- "Jon Fitch to rematch Thiago Alves at UFC 107 in December". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- "Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves Rematch Scheduled for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey". mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- Fistic Medicine: Alves and ‘Brain Irregularity’
- "Thiago Alves Out of UFC Fight Due to Brain Irregularity; Hopes for Quick Return". tvguide.com. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- Thiago Alves pulled from UFC 111 fight card after CAT Scan reveals brain irregularity (Updated)
- Thiago Alves Has Brain Surgery, Can Train in 2 Weeks
- "Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch agree to rematch at UFC 111 in March". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- "Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch II rebooked for UFC 115 in June". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- "With official medical clearance, Thiago Alves set for UFC 117 fight with Jon Fitch". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "UFC 117 main card recap, miracle submission saves champ Anderson Silva". mmajunkie.com. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010.
- "WHITE FED UP WITH THIAGO ALVES MISSING WEIGHT". MMAWeekly.com. 8 August 2010.
- "Thiago Alves: The nightmare is over, but I'm on my last chance". mmafighting.com. 18 August 2010.
- "Thiago Alves vs. John Howard targeted for UFC 124". mmajunkie.com. 2 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010.
- "Thiago Alves Returns to UFC in May, Expected to Face Rick Story". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- Martin, Damon. "Thiago Alves Back in Action at UFC 138 Against Swedish Newcomer Papy Abedi". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "UFC on FX 2, Alves vs. Kampmann official for Allphones Arena in Sydney". MMAjunkie.com. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
- Staff (3 March 2012). "UFC on FX 2 results: Martin Kampmann stuns Thiago Alves with late submission". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
- "Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves targeted for UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. 10 April 2012. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012.
- "Siyar Bahadurzada replaces Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 149, meets Thiago Alves". mmajunkie.com. 8 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- "Thiago Alves Out of UFC 149". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Clements faces Bahadurzada at UFC 149". sportsnet.ca. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Ariel Helwani (4 May 2013). "Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves agree to fight on UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut card". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- Mookie Alexander (3 July 2013). "Thiago Alves injured, Mike Pyle now fights Matt Brown at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- Henderson, Jason (7 February 2014). "Thiago Alves Returns To Fight Seth Baczynski At UFC On FOX 11". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- Matt Erickson (6 February 2014). "Thiago Alves returns at UFC on FOX 11, meets Seth Baczynski in Orlando". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- Staff (19 April 2014). "UFC on FOX 11 bonuses: Cerrone, White, Alves, Baczynski win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Staff (11 June 2014). "Thiago Alves, Jordan Mein meet in welterweight tilt at UFC Fight Night 49". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Steven Marrocco (2 July 2014). "Knee injury scratches Thiago Alves from UFC Fight Night 49, Brandon Thatch now faces Jordan Mein". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- Staff (2 August 2014). "Brandon Thatch withdraws from Jordan Mein fight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Tuttle, C.J. (16 October 2014). "Jordan Mein-Thiago Alves rebooked for UFC 183". sherdog.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Staff (1 February 2015). "UFC 183 bonuses: Which fighter on the card doubled up for $100,000?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- Guilherme Cruz (8 March 2015). "Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves targeted for UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- Elias Cepeda (31 May 2015). "Carlos Condit scores TKO win over Thiago Alves in bloody war". foxsports.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Marc Raimondi (31 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 67 results: Carlos Condit viciously beats down Thiago Alves in return". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Ariel Helwani (20 August 2015). "Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves targeted for main event of UFC's South Korean debut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Guilherme Cruz (14 November 2015). "Jorge Masvidal in for injured Thiago Alves vs. Ben Henderson at UFC Fight Night 79". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- Jonathan Bradley (8 July 2016). "Al Iaquinta vs. Thiago Alves in the works for UFC 205". foxsports.com. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (19 September 2016). "Al Iaquinta willing to walk away from MMA if dispute with UFC remains unsettled". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Staff (19 September 2016). "Report: Jim Miller fills Al Iaquinta's spot at UFC 205, takes on Thiago Alves". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Staff (11 November 2016). "UFC 205 early weigh-in results: Thiago Alves and Kelvin Gastelum force last-minute scramble". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- Ben Fowlkes (12 November 2016). "UFC 205 results: Thiago Alves' extra weight no matter for Jim Miller in unanimous decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (17 February 2017). "Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote slated for UFC 210". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- Ben Fowlkes (8 April 2017). "UFC 210 results: Thiago Alves looks sharp in win over Patrick Cote, who announces retirement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- Ariel Helwani (19 July 2017). "Alves vs. Perry, Lombard vs. Smith slated for UFN: Pittsburgh". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- John Morgan (13 September 2017). "Thiago Alves out of Saturday's UFC co-headliner; replacement foe sought for Mike Perry". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- Staff (9 November 2017). "Tri of fights added to UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- "Zak Cummings injured, out of Sunday's UFC St. Louis bout vs. Thiago Alves". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- Tristen Critchfield (19 January 2018). "Thiago Alves to meet newcomer Curtis Millender at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin". sherdog.com. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- "UFC Fight Night 126 results: Curtis Millender's perfect knee KOs Thiago Alves in second". MMAjunkie. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- DNA, MMA. "M-1 Global Kampioen Alexey Kunchenko treft Thiago Alves tijdens UFC Moskou". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
- "UFC Fight Night 136 results: Alexey Kunchenko outworks Thiago Alves, calls out 'Cowboy' Cerrone". MMAjunkie. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- John Morgan (28 November 2018). "Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin targeted for UFC on ESPN+ 2 in Fortaleza". mmajunkie.com.
- "UFC Fortaleza results: Gutsy Thiago Alves brawls way to comeback win over Max Griffin". MMAjunkie. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Dave Doyle (4 March 2019). "Thiago Alves vs. Laureano Staropoli targeted for UFC 237". mmafighting.com.
- "UFC 237 results: Laureano Staropoli's pace too much for Thiago Alves". MMA Junkie. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
- Staff (26 June 2018). "Thiago Alves vs. Gunnar Nelson booked for UFC on ESPN+ 18 in Copenhagen". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- John Morgan (12 September 2019). "Thiago Alves out at UFC on ESPN+ 18, Gunnar Nelson needs new opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
- Redactie (11 October 2019). "Thiago Alves vs. Tim Means added to UFC Washington". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 11 October 2019.(in Dutch)
- Guilherme Cruz (13 October 2019). "Thiago Alves to explore free agency after UFC on ESPN 7, 'probably' retire in 2020". mmafighting.com.
- McClory, Mike (7 December 2019). "UFC DC Results: Tim Means Struggles Early, Submits Thiago Alves in First". Cageside Press. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- Cruz, Guilherme (11 January 2020). "Thiago Alves tests free agency waters after UFC release, but won't fight unless money is right". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
- Damon Martin (22 January 2020). "Former UFC title contender Thiago Alves signs with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships". mmafighting.com.
- Guilherme Cruz (1 February 2020). "Thiago Alves excited to 'break some faces' and become champion in 'bloody' Bare Knuckle FC". mmafighting.com.
- Damon Martin (10 September 2020). "BKFC president explains Phil Baroni's removal from upcoming card, expectations for Thiago Alves debut". mmafighting.com.
- Damon Martin (28 July 2020). "Thiago Alves draws Phil Baroni in bare-knuckle debut, Hector Lombard vs. Kendall Grove on tap for BKFC 13". mmafighting.com.
- Scott Christ (11 September 2020). "BKFC 12 results: Thiago Alves edges Julian Lane, Hector Lombard bombs Kendall Grove". badlefthook.com.
- Mike Bohn (30 April 2021). "Hector Lombard vs. Joe Riggs set for BKFC 18 in June; Thiago Alves, Joey Beltran also on card". MMAjunkie.com.
- Damon Martin (27 June 2021). "BKFC 18 results: Thiago Alves stops Uly Diaz in slugfest to win middleweight title". mmafighting.com.
- Guilherme Cruz (13 October 2019). "Thiago Alves to explore free agency after UFC on ESPN 7, 'probably' retire in 2020". mmafighting.com.
- Mike Bohn (13 January 2021). "UFC on ABC 1 pre-event facts: Max Holloway's chin is legendary". MMAjunkie.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Thiago". Sherdog. Retrieved 11 December 2019.