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Thiago “Pitbull” Alves Aims For 2014 Return After Fourth Surgery

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves hasn’t seen much competition the last two years. He’s only stepped foot inside the Octagon once and is shooting for a return in February or March after undergoing four surgeries.

“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,” said Alves to MMA Fighting. “Sometimes, no matter how hard you train things won’t go the way you want. I’ve learned a lot.”

The last time fans saw Alves he took a late submission defeat to Martin Kampmann. It dropped the former welterweight title contender to 19-9.

Since losing the title fight, Alves has been trading fights. After taking seven consecutive wins he’s 2-4 in his last outing.