Thiago Alves feels like he is prepared to showcase a completely new fighter when he steps inside the Octagon this Friday night in the main event against Martin Kampmann. Alves and Kampmann will headline UFC on FX 2, which takes place from Australia.
Alves rebounded from a rough 1-3 stretch to destroy Papy Abedi last year via rear-naked choke, improving his overall MMA record to 19-8. Kampmann, meanwhile, ended a two-fight losing skid by defeating Rick Story.
“I know I’ve got the power and explosion advantage,” said Alves, in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “We’re going to try and break Martin Kampmann.”
Alves admitted in the interview that he has ended the non-fighting decisions he was making, which included going to clubs before his bouts. He feels more determined and prepared than ever heading into this key welterweight contest.
“Being a fighter, it just doesn’t stop the clock. It’s 24/7,” Alves said. “It’s the way you carry yourself throughout the world, throughout life while in this business and I learned that. I’m a fighter 24/7 and I’m loving every second.”