Written by: Karim Zidan

Thiago Alves is tired of being left out of the title picture. Since his loss to St Pierre back in 2009, not very many fans ever expected to see him back in title contention. On Friday, all of this is about to change.

Speaking to MMAWeekly, Alves discusses his maturity during the GSP bout and how he has evolved for his upcoming match against Martin Kampmann.

“The Thiago Alves that fought GSP was not prepared to fight at that level at all. I beat all the guys, I earned the title shot, not like most of the people that fought for the title that fought one guy. I actually cleaned out the welterweight division except (Jon) Fitch. But for that fight I didn’t prepare myself well, mentally I wasn’t prepared for that kind of pressure. The magnitude of the show,”

“That was part of the process. I know my future’s going to be beautiful; it’s going to be bright. It was just part of the process to get to that state of mind that I have right now. Everything changed in my life. I live just for the fight.”

“Being a fighter, it just doesn’t stop the clock. It’s 24/7. 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,”

“I know I’ve got the power and explosion advantage. We’re going to try and break Martin Kampmann, It doesn’t matter where the fight goes. It’s going to be my fight. I’m very concerned with what I’m going to do to him. I’m going to try to break him whether it’s in the stand-up or on the ground. I have all the respect in the world for Martin Kampmann and his camp, but I truly believe that I’m going to break him, it doesn’t matter where the fight goes.”

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