Thiago Alves Talks Loss Of Agression As He Climbed The Ladder
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Thiago Alves was riding high in the welterweight division not so long ago, knocking out the likes of Karo Parisyan and Matt Hughes and beating Josh Koscheck to earn himself a crack at the UFC Welterweight Title.
The aggressive style that earned Alves his reputation as a killer in the cage would seem to disappear following a loss in that title fight to Georges St. Pierre and since then he has gone to a decision in all of his fights, losing two of three.
Alves returns at UFC 138 against Papy Abedi and spoke to Tatame.com about what caused the change in his fighting style and how he plans to fix it in his next fight:
"Iâ€™ve learned a lot from my last fight, Iâ€™ll never let it go to the judges ever again. It took me a long time to start fighting, but Iâ€™ve learned what I had to learn, Iâ€™ve seen it all. Now I only have to trust my talent and on my team and go for it. Iâ€™ll try to knock him out or submit all opponents from now on. Iâ€™ll be aggressive again.
I used to fight with nothing to lose. I had no worries whatsoever, I just fought to have fun, but when you reach a certain level you have to worry more, you start focusing on your future and forget about the present. But itâ€™s all learning. I have really high expectations, I want to be one of the biggest champions and I have to go through all of this to learn and mature. I have no excuses, no I have to work hard and go for it.
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