Thiago Alves, Four Surgeries Later, Christens Himself the Bionic Pitbull

Thiago Alves UFC 117Four surgeries later and Thiago Alves is again on the mend.

Alves was scheduled to fight Matt Brown at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston on Aug. 17, but a biceps injury forced him off the card and into the operating room… again.

Alves underwent the surgery on Thursday and sounded in good spirits afterwards.

“That’s surgery 4 in a year,” he tweeted. “You can call me the bionic Pitbull! Now the recovery starts!”

The American Top Team fighter hasn’t been fully healthy for the past several years, since he injured his knee in a 2009 bout with Georges St-Pierre.

He rehabbed the knee at that time, but years later had to have surgery to repair both his ACL and PCL in his left knee. Alves also suffered a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery, and now the biceps injury has hampered him.

Alves has fought just five times in the four years since the injury in the St-Pierre bout at UFC 100. He is 2-3 during that span, and last saw action in a loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 in March 2012 in Australia.

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