by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
When Thiago Alves re-enters the Octagon on April 2, he will be facing perhaps his biggest challenge to date, a match with Xtreme Couture standout Karo “The Heat” Parisyan.
When asked whether he feels that his match with Parisyan will be the toughest challenge of his career, Alves said, “Oh, definitely, definitely, definitely… every fight’s a big fight, you know. Chris Lytle before was the biggest fight, now it’s Karo Parisyan… that’s my biggest fight now.”
Alves, the man known to his fans as “The Pitbull,” has accumulated an impressive UFC record during his stint in the Octagon. He has made a name for himself as a fighter who comes into the cage ready to take it to his opponent each time he steps up to compete.
In his most recent UFC outing, against veteran fighter Chris Lytle, both Alves and Lytle took home the Fight Of The Night bonus for their incredible performances. In his match with Parisyan, Alves wants to one-up his last performance.
He said of his upcoming bout, “I’m looking for Knockout Of The Night and the Fight Of The Night… both.”
Since joining the UFC, the organization that color commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg have deemed “The Superbowl of Mixed-Martial-Arts,” Alves has racked up wins over Ansar Chalangov, Derrick Noble, John Alessio, Tony DeSouza, Kuniyoshi Hironaka and most recently, Lytle.
Any single Octagon victory is significant in itself, but the young Alves has managed to pick up six big wins since joining the UFC in October 2005.
The past two-plus years have been a roller coaster ride for Alves – complete with both hills and valleys – but this American Top Team fighter knows that he has worlds in store for him if he keeps his nose clean and continues to prepare hard for each upcoming fight.
Alves said, “I know I’m going to be the welterweight champion. It’s coming, so I’m sure it’s going to be another step on my way to the belt.”
Nearing the end of his preparation for his upcoming bout with Parisyan, Alves took some time out of his busy training schedule to catch up with MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his upcoming match up.
When asked how it felt when the UFC called him and proposed a fight with Parisyan, he quickly replied, “It was pretty much the happiest day of my life. Karo’s a big name, man.”
When asked about his training for his upcoming bout, Alves said, “It couldn’t be better. I’m ready, man. I can’t wait. I’ve never been so excited in my life.”
He continued, “I think that’s the big advantage that we’ve (fighters at American Top Team) got… you’re always pushing yourself to the limit. That’s what I think makes the difference between us and the others.”
So, with such a talent-filled team behind him and aspirations of the UFC’s welterweight belt in front of him, what does Alves believe fans expect to see when he clashes with Parisyan in Colorado on April 2?
“I’ll try to knock him out, like always. Pressure, I know he’s going to bring ‘The Heat,’ I’m going to be even hotter. So, it’s going to be really fun. I can’t wait. I’m really excited. The game plan is going to be to stay in his face the whole fight… and knock him out.”