During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie.com Radio, UFC welterweight Thiago Alves talked about his loss to Martin Kampmann. Alves, who was winning the fight, shot in for a takedown and was caught in a choke, losing to Kampmann via submission late in the fight.
“I didn’t know how bad (Kampmann) was hurt,” Alves said. “When you’re fighting, you’re in the zone. You just react to stuff, and my cornerman was like, ‘Takedown, takedown, takedown.’ I went for it and just made a mistake.”
Alves said he has stopped working with the coach that called for the takedown, and that he also served as his jiu-jitsu coach, adding, “I’ve got to trust the people outside the corner. That’s what they’re there for.”
Alves (19-9) said an opponent is on tap for him, but declined to name who that was. He said he wants to fight Diego Sanchez, but Sanchez is recovering from shoulder surgery.
“You’ve got to try and find the positive inside of everything, even the bad moments of your life,” Alves said. “I know I’m destined for greatness, and I know I’ll be champion one day.”