A problem from within, that is what Thiago Alves is professing to be part of the problem that created the loss to Martin Kampmann. While, Thiago takes some of the blame for the loss he says bad advice lead to the takedown.
“I didn’t know how bad [Kampmann] was hurt. When you’re fighting, you’re in the zone. You just react to stuff, and my cornerman was like, ‘Takedown, takedown, takedown.’ I went for it and just made a mistake.”
Kampmann says that he will continue to work with the cornerman that gave him the advice for the takedown, but will not have him in his corner come fight night.
“Maybe he wanted me to finish the fight in a safe position. Maybe he wanted me to finish the fight on the ground so he could take credit for it. I don’t know. But I’m a striker. That’s what I do.” Clearly this lack of faith in his trainer is something that has affected Alves and that is his biggest fear, “I’ve got to trust the people outside the corner. That’s what they’re there for.”
Right now Alves is weighing his option on who to fight next. He can always dream of being matched up with Jake Ellenberger like Kampmann is now or with Diego Sanchez who is out with an injury. For now he just has to sit, wait and reflect.
“You’ve got to try to find the positive inside of everything, even the bad moments of your life,” he said. “I know I’m destined for greatness, and I know I’ll be the champion one day.”