Kids, take note. What you see above is what happens when one attempts to block elbows and punches with their nose.
That is the broken beak and mangled mug of former UFC welterweight top contender Thiago Alves. Granted, it isn’t as battered and bloodied as it was Saturday night in the cage when Carlos Condit decided to unleash a diversified flurry of strikes on it, but as the old adage goes, time heals all wounds.
In this case, just a few hours after dropping a TKO to “The Natural Born Killer.”
Alves was rushed to the hospital after doctors determined following the second round that he shouldn’t be able to continue to compete, so “Pitbull” wasn’t available for comment at the post-fight press conference. However, Alves appeared to be in good spirits based off the Instagram comments he wrote accompanying the pic above.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t my night,” Alves stated. “But that’s how it is at the highest level of competition. A small setback is a great setup for a bigger comeback! I’ll learn from my mistakes and get a lot better. I won’t stop until I have that belt around my waist! Now back to the grind. Just wanna first thank God for blessing with this life. And a massive THANK YOU to all my fans for the support. And @ufc for this opportunity. I will be back!!!”