Thiago Alves Returns to Octagon at UFC on Fox 11, Meets Seth Baczynski at Welterweight

By Mike Whitman Feb 6, 2014
Thiago Alves has not stepped into the Octagon since March 2012. | Sherdog.com



The UFC’s “Pitbull” will return to the cage on April 19, when Thiago Alves takes on Seth Baczynski at UFC on Fox 11.

The show marks the Las Vegas-based promotion’s debut trip to Orlando, Fla., and takes place at the Amway Center, headlined by a heavyweight title eliminator pitting Fabricio Werdum against Travis Browne. UFC officials also announced a new middleweight duel on Thursday, which will see Caio Magalhaes battle “TUF 17” veteran Josh Samman.

Alves has not competed since March 2012, when he suffered a third-round submission defeat to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2. The 30-year-old began his UFC career with nine victories in his first 11 Octagon appearances before falling to then-champion Georges St. Pierre -- a defeat which would begin a stretch of four losses in Alves’ next six fights.

Baczynski, 32, recently halted a two-fight skid in his most recent outing, in which he edged Neil Magny in a hard-fought unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 31. Prior to that triumph, “The Polish Pistola” dropped a unanimous verdict to Mike Pierce before suffering a knockout at the hands of underdog Brian Melancon this past July.

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