Thiago Alves has been plagued with injuries for the last few years of his UFC career. The 19–9 welterweight took to twitter to discuss his plans for the next year and announced that he will not return to the ring until June of 2013. Alves only fought once in 2012, losing a split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2. Since his title fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100, Alves is 2-4 inside the Octagon. Alves cited nagging injuries as the culprit for the hiatus and said he made the difficult decision with his management and his team.
Alves explained his decision:
“Me my camp American Top Team and my Manager Dan Lambert decide after chest surgery this year to fix my left knee as well. Take care all my…Injuries and health issues to come back stronger then ever for 2013! Been fighting with a bad left knee since 2009 before the first time I Was suppose to fight Fitch and didn’t happen cause of my left PCL. Over the years just been getting worst after 3 years my ACL is damage now. So is time to rebuild the machine to comeback strong for 2013! Spartans… All things are possible thru God that gives me strength!”
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