It has been a long four years since Thiago Alves lost at the hands of Jon Fitch at Ultimate Fight Night 5, and the time has come for the Brazilian to redeem himself. Both fighters have seen their share of success and failure since the 2006 bout. Now, they look to get back to the top of the 170 lb weight class with a win at UFC 117: Silva vs Sonen.
An alumni of Purdue University, Fitch developed his talents while on the Boilermaker wrestling team. There he learned from Tom Erikson, and developed his talents so much that he was named captain of his team. The best online sportsbooks will take into consideration the fighters’ background when setting lines for the fight.
The young wrestler was known to bring in other martial arts techniques to wrestling practice. There he met fighters Mark Coleman and Gary Goodridge, who immediately took interest in Fitch. Loving fight sports, and seeing the money that top-tier fighters were making convinced Fitch to start his professional MMA career in 2002.
His wrestling background wasn’t enough to make him successful so in 2003 he joined the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. After starting his MMA career with four wins, two losses, and one no contest, Fitch recorded 15 wins in a row.
One of those wins came against Thiago Alves, who began fighting at a young age. At just 15, Alves defeated a 25-year old in his first fight by unanimous decision. Alves then traveled to Coconut Creek, Florida to train at the world-renowned American Top Team training camp.
After stumbling early in his UFC debut against Spencer Fisher, Alves won two consecutive fights before meeting Fitch. He fell to kicks and punches in the final minute of the second round. The most trusted online sportsbooks will take into account Fitch’s previous victory over Alves.
Alves has won every fight since except his last match up with 170 lb king Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. St. Pierre is scheduled to take on Fitch’s teammate Josh Koscheck in a battle for the championship. If Koscheck wins, Fitch has already decided to move up to middleweight rather than face his old opponent.
Fitch is considered the hometown favorite against Alves because the fight is being held just miles from his training home in Oracle Arena in Oakland California. A short drive away on the 880 freeway is the AKA in San Jose.
MMA sportsbooks have set Alves as the favorite to exact his revenge against Fitch at -120 odds. Fitch’s odds are just behind Alves’ at -110 because of his previous victory.