Thiago Alves grew up training and fighting in muay thai but has since mastered all things MMA during his successful stint in the UFC. In his last fight this past January, Alves defeated Jordan Mein, in the process earning himself the UFC Performance of the Night award. Alves is expected to be asked to face some stiff competition this year in the UFC, as his past few performances have garnered him much more contender-for-the-belt consideration. Alves relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek to train full-time at the worldwide-respected American Top Team camp and since doing so has seen his game catapult to the next level in mixed martial arts. An impressive 2014 turns to a 2015 full of promise for Alves.