Thiago Alves Looking To Return In 2014
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.11.2013
After four surgeries...
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Thiago Alves said that after four surgeries, he will finally be back to the octagon in 2014. Here are highlights:
On his recovery: "I'm slowly returning to trainings seven weeks after my last surgery. It will take some time for me to return, I'm thinking about maybe February or March next year. I'll take this year to recover and get better."
On staying away from fighting for so long: "It's really frustrating, man. I never heard of anyone with four consecutive surgeries in this sport. But I try to take something positive from every negative situation, and this time off made me know myself better and understand the sport, what I need to do to be successful. Sometimes, no matter how hard you train things won't go the way you want. I've learned a lot."
On the current welterweight division: "I've been studying a lot in these last couple years that I'm not fighting. My division is open, ready for someone to get there and dominate it and I'm sure I'll be this guy. I just need to heal my body and take one fight at a time to get to the top. The welterweight division has changed a lot, but at the same time it's basically the same guys at the top. The only thing that I see now is that it's more open, anyone to get to the top with a couple wins. There's no one dominating it. It's the perfect time for me to get there. This is going to be the best year of my career. My best years are in the future, and I'm super excited with what I'm seeing in this division."