Thiago Alves Is Looking For A New Promotion After Leaving The BKFC
Former UFC title challenger, Thiago Alves, is no longer interested in fighting under BKFC and is looking for other opportunities. He is the BKFC middleweight champion, with a 2-0 record under the promotion. He was supposed to defend his title against another former UFC fighter, Mike Perry, but this fight could not be due to injuries and other factors.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen at this point,” Alves told MMA Junkie, regarding a potential title defense against Mike Perry.
“I had surgery right after I became a champion, and we were in talks within six or eight months for me to be able to compete again. Then Mike Perry came into the picture. I’m at a point of my career where I want big fights, fights that make sense, that are going to bring the most money for me and my family.”
Alves had gone out and done interviews in order to promote the fight, which he though was set for June 24. Despite this, he is not upset that this fight will not be happening, and he is ready to move on to the next part of his career.
“I’m OK with it. I waited long enough. It’s been difficult because I’ve been very inactive, and I don’t like that,” said Alves. “I’m ready to walk away and explore what’s out there.”
His last years under UFC were not as successful as his early years. Alves has had many victories inside the cage, but one of the most notable examples was against Matt Hughes in 2008, when he finished Hughes with a flying knee. Alves was on a seven-fight winning streak back in 2009. However, this success came to an end when he faced Georges St-Pierre for the title, leaving the Brazilian without a belt. His latest victory of his was in 2019, against Max Griffin. After that victory, he suffered two defeats in a row and left the UFC.