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Thiago "Pitbull" Alves

Thiago Alves d'Araujo (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈawvis]; born October 3, 1983) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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". After beginning his fight training at the age of 14, Alves won his first MMA bout as an amateur at just 15 years old, defeating a 25-year-old by unanimous decision. At 19, Thiago relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek, Florida to train full-time at the prestigious American Top Team camp. 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

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UFC's Pitbull Alves -- Doctor Says I'm Clear to Fight

UFC's Pitbull Alves
Doctor Says I'm Clear to Fight

UFC hurt-machine Thiago "Pitbull" Alves underwent some intense medical tests yesterday -- and they went so well, he got the green light from his doctor to get back in the Octagon ... just 2 months… READ MORE >

Pitbull Alves -- Gunning for Summer Comeback

Pitbull Alves -- Gunning for Summer Comeback

UFC badass Thiago "Pitbull" Alves is only one month into his recovery from brain surgery -- but TMZ has learned the fighter is already trying to book his next professional fight ... for… READ MORE >

- 1638 days ago
UFC Fighter: They Fixed My Brain with Krazy Glue

UFC Fighter:
They Fixed My Brain with Krazy Glue

UFC fighter Thiago "Pitbull" Alves is feeling great just weeks after undergoing a minor brain procedure -- even though it took Krazy Glue to help seal up his wound!Alves was leaving OTM Fight Shop… READ MORE >

- 1653 days ago
UFC's Pitbull -- Very Brainy After Surgery

UFC's Pitbull
Very Brainy After Surgery

Operating room spies tell TMZ Thiago Alves just underwent an 8 hour operation to separate an artery from a vein in his brain.Dana White tells TMZ the operation -- in a New York City hospital --… READ MORE >

- 1667 days ago
UFC Fighter -- Minor Procedure on Brain

UFC Fighter
Minor Procedure on Brain

UFC fighter Thiago "Pitbull" Alves will undergo a minor outpatient surgery on Wednesday to correct an irregularity in his brain. TMZ spoke with Alves moments ago, who told us, "I went and saw a… READ MORE >

- 1672 days ago
UFC Prez: Thiago's Scan May Have Been Mistake

UFC Prez: Thiago's Scan May Have Been Mistake

Dana White -- the President of the UFC -- says he thinks the irregularity found in Thiago Alves' recent CAT scan may have been a mistake ... and the UFC fighter is on his way to a specialist to… READ MORE >

- 1673 days ago
UFC Replaces Thiago Alves on Fight Card

UFC Replaces Thiago Alves on Fight Card

A fan favorite on "The Ultimate Fighter" has stepped up to take the spot of UFC fighter Thiago Alves' spot in UFC 111. The man getting into the Octagon is "Ultimate Fighter" contestant Ben… READ MORE >

- 1673 days ago
Brain Irregularity Sidelines UFC Fighter

Brain Irregularity Sidelines UFC Fighter

UFC's Thiago "Pitbull" Alves will not fight at Saturday's UFC 111, because a CAT Scan shows an irregularity in his brain ... TMZ has learned.Thiago was scheduled to rumble with Jon Fitch on… READ MORE >

- 1673 days ago

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