Thiago Alves – ‘I’m Going to Break Martin Kampmann’

February 29, 2012
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If the Thiago Alves that is about to step foot in the Octagon on March 3 in Australia met his counterpart from just three years ago, it wouldn’t even be a fight.

It was around that time that Alves was challenging Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title, a fight that the Brazilian went on to lose by unanimous decision.

Looking back at that time in his career, Alves is honest and reflective, pointing out that the 2009 version had no business being in a title fight.

“The Thiago Alves that fought GSP was not prepared to fight at that level at all. I beat all the guys, I earned the title shot, not like most of the people that fought for the title that fought one guy. I actually cleaned out the welterweight division except (Jon) Fitch. But for that fight I didn’t prepare myself well, mentally I wasn’t prepared for that kind of pressure. The magnitude of the show,” Alves admitted on MMAWeekly Radio.

“That was part of the process. I know my future’s going to be beautiful; it’s going to be bright. It was just part of the process to get to that state of mind that I have right now. Everything changed in my life. I live just for the fight.”

Living for the fight was something Alves learned after a harsh lesson both in and out of the Octagon. Losing to Jon Fitch for a second time and having another weight cutting debacle that almost toppled his UFC career, Alves knew it was time to make some serious changes.

The American Top Team fighter brought in famed nutritionist and strength coach Mike Dolce, who now lives with him full time as he gets ready for his fights. He also learned that to be a fighter, you have to be a fighter all the time.

It wasn’t uncommon for Alves to go out to the clubs just before his fights took place, and give in to various other distractions that served as life’s little pleasures, but brought him very few successes inside the cage.

Now when Thiago Alves wakes up, he’s a fighter. When he goes to the gym, he’s a fighter. When the day is over and he’s eating dinner, he’s a fighter. And when the lights go out and his head hits the pillow to end his day, he’s a fighter.

“Being a fighter, it just doesn’t stop the clock. It’s 24/7. It’s the way you carry yourself throughout the world, throughout life while in this business, and I learned that. I’m a fighter 24/7 and I’m loving every second,” Alves said.

For his next fight, Alves is matched up with Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC on FX 2.

The new version of Thiago Alves is preparing for Kampmann with a new level of ferocity and intensity. He’s not just looking to beat the Dane, he wants to break him.

“I know I’ve got the power and explosion advantage. We’re going to try and break Martin Kampmann,” Alves stated.

“It doesn’t matter where the fight goes. It’s going to be my fight. I’m very concerned with what I’m going to do to him. I’m going to try to break him whether it’s in the stand-up or on the ground. I have all the respect in the world for Martin Kampmann and his camp, but I truly believe that I’m going to break him, it doesn’t matter where the fight goes.”

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  • fitefan

    I was surprised he performed so poorly in the GSP fight. I was actually worried GSP would lose to his power but he did indeed look intimidated by GSP.
    Crushing Kampmann will be no easy feat, it will be a statement if he pulls it off though.
    We’ll see…..

  • therealmo

    alves won’t accomplish anything without wrestling

  • He looks like a light heavy weight, and I seem to remember Dana White saying after his struggles to make weight they weren’t even going to let him fight at welterweight any more…don’t know what happened to that. But IIRC his walking around weight is around 210lbs…he probably performs poorly because he’s cutting an unhealthy amount of weight. He needs to be fighting at 185.

  • KBEsq

    I won’t deny this guy is talented, but I hope he gets his meat-head, alpha-male ass kicked. Freaking guy is built like a brick s*** house and should at least be fighting at MW. I hate looking at his swollen, douche bag face.

    Kampmann is a true MMA fighter. Great stand-up, and his ground game is completely underrated. His fight with Paulo Thiago showed how well rounded he is.

    • shereko

      Great post! I totally agree with you. Kampmann isn’t a push over. I don’t think that Alves is either, but do something impressive in the past 3 years then start talking trash. Actually, make weight again without issue then talk trash. I understand selling a fight, but re-establish your position in the sport/company then talk. Plus I do agree he is kind of an arrogant dbag. Kampmann is always modest, and just fights, and gives everyone a run, ask Jake Shields.

  • Alves has looked like a man on a mission since getting with Dolce. Kampmann is probably going to be content to kickbox with Alves thus getting him KOd in Rd 1 or 2. Problem with Kampmann is he is a decision fighter and doesnt threaten in any way. If he would go for more stoppages he might take that next step on the ladder.

  • Booker T

    I hope the Dane takes out the Brazilian.

  • IMO Alves has peaked has a fighter. He had a great win over Jon Howard which was followed by a dud against Rick Story. He said he’s a “different” fighter from when he fought GSP, but the fact is he’s gone 2-2 since that title fight and doesn’t seem to look any better. Truth is, if Kampmann can hang in there with Alves after the first 2 rounds, he’ll pull it out.

  • GiovanniB

    “…famous nutritionist…Mike Dolce”…The freaking guy is an idiot. If he’s sharing some secrets with MMA fighters with his so called “Dolce Diet” he is definitely not sharing them in his idiotic “book” (more like a pamphlet) titled “The Dolce Diet.” The guy is a rip off and is making his money out of those who think his something just because he did MMA at one point. My advice to those who want to lose weight and be strong: Just search the internet and use common sense! There’s nothing in the Dolce Diet pamphlet that you don’t get for free online. The Dolce Diet pamphlet is a rip off! $39.99 for a pamphlet full of pictures and common sense advice you can get for free on the internet.

    I lost 15 lbs in one month without the “dolce diet” and I have gained 4lbs of pure muscle. Perhaps not much to some, but hey being 5ft 7in and going from weighing 190 to 175 I’d say is not that bad and I didn’t have to pay $39.99 to this loser who couldn’t make it as an MMA fighter so he decided to exploit people by giving them advice he probably got for free from the internet and just put it in his own words.

    Gees! $39.99 for a pamphlet full of UFC fighter pictures and an advice here and there and a ONE DAY meal plan that you can come up with a better one yourself!

    I was really upset when my cousin wasted his money on that stupid pamphlet called “The Dolce Diet.”

    Anyway, needed to vent…LOL…Dolce? reminds me of the name of one cute chick that is a tennis player, can’t remember her name. The dog was a pomeranian…LOL and its face kind of looked like Mike Dolce’s face…LOL alright that’s all folks!