Thiago Alves was the No. 1 contender to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre back in 2009. Alves went on to face GSP, falling by decision. Since that time, he has lost two of three and will welcome Papy Abedi to the UFC this weekend in England.
UFC 138 takes place from Birmingham, England and will air via tape-delay on Spike TV. Mark Munoz and Chris Leben will meet in the main event.
Alves (18-8) has lost to Jon Fitch and Rick Story, while defeating John Howard since the St-Pierre bout. He had won seven straight fights from 2006-08.
“I’m to the point in my life right now that I don’t want to lose any fights anymore and it’s up to me,” Alves said. “I control my destiny, and I took control of all my actions and everything that happens in my life. This is it. I’m gonna take charge of my present and my future, and I’m not losing any fights anymore.”
As for his opponent, Alves was surprised to be placed in a bout with a newcomer to the UFC. Abedi is 8-0 in his career.
“I’m at the point in my career where I can’t afford any losses anymore, so I’m taking this fight as a high profile fight like a title shot or something that’s gonna decide my life forever,” Alves said. “If it’s somebody that nobody knows, people expect more from me, but I don’t really think about what people expect.”