Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Weight: 170 lbs
Fighting out of: Fortaleza, Brazil
Camp: American Top Team
Thiago Alves Araujo (born October 3, 1983) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial arts fighter. Alves started training in Muay Thai when he was 15 and mixed martial arts at 17. He is also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
After beginning his career 7-1 in smaller organizations such as Absolute Fighting Championships and King of the Cage, Alves received an invitation to make his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2 against fellow UFC newcomer Spencer Fisher. The fight would take place on Alves' twenty-second birthday.
Despite having early success in the bout, especially on the ground, Alves fell victim to a dramatic triangle choke late in the second round.