Thiago Alves ready to return after four serious surgeries

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 18.03.2014 15:47h Author:

Thiago Alves

After a two-year break caused by injuries and operations Thiago Alves is ready to return.

Former UFC welterweight challenger returns at the moment when the throne is occupied by Johny Hendricks. Alves did not manage to win the title in 2009 when he was defeated by Georges St-Pierre and he fought for the last time in March 2012. Back then he was defeated by Martin Kampmann. In the meanwhile he had a rough patch.

"I had four surgeries in two years. Two in 2012 and two last year. I had two surgeries on my chest, one on my left knee and on my left biceps when I was getting ready for the fight with Matt Brown."

These surgeries are now past and Thiago Alves says he feels better than ever.

"Two years without training gave me additional energy and boost. All the injuries I had are now gone. Now when I healed I can do things that I could do when I was 24 or 25. I am very excited and very happy."

His return match is scheduled on 19 April. His opponent will be Seth Baczynski (19-10, 5-3 UFC) who defeated Neal Magny in his last match.