Thiago Alves defeated Matt Hughes in impressive fashion last Saturday at UFC 85: Bedlam. Alves and Hughes were both classy in victory and defeat respectively and seemed to be very friendly towards each other before and after the fight, but when Alves sat down with TAGG radio he told a slightly different story. Below are some interesting excerpts from the interview:
Alves On His First Meeting With Hughes:
“A friend of mine was opening a school in Orlando, and Matt Hughes was giving a seminar. I went to visit, and you know how [Hughes] is. When I got there, he was like, ‘Yo Pitbull, too bad you got here a little late. I was about to show how to defend the triangle.’ I looked at him and was like,’Really, champion? Not right now, but maybe one day you can show me.’ After that day, I hated that guy to death. When my boss called me and said, ‘You are going to fight Matt Hughes,’ I was like ‘[expletive] yeah, I am going to fight him!’
Alves On Missing Weight:
“(Ten days before the fight) I was sparring, and the floor was really slippery, and I rolled my ankle back. I wasn’t able to do anything for three days. I am a really heavy guy. I walk around at 195-200 (pounds), so if I don’t keep my diet and work out really hard … even the last week before the fight, I (have to) train really hard to (try) to keep my weight low. Matt Hughes was a gentleman. We explained the whole situation with my ankle, and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. Let’s fight.'”
Alves On His Post Fight Conversation With Hughes:
“He approached me and said, ‘I don’t remember that thing that happened in Orlando, but if it happened, I apologize.’I told him, ‘Champion, don’t worry about it. It was a long time ago.'”
For the full interview, click here, and download Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio.