Former UFC title contender Thiago Alves has a new fighting home after signing a deal to join the roster at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships.
BKFC president David Feldman confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
“I am very excited to have Thiago on the BKFC roster,” Feldman said. “He is very experienced and always has an entertaining fight. He will make his debut in April or May.
“We really expect big things from him. He’s a great fighter and a great person.”
Alves entered free agency following the end of his most recent contract with the UFC, which is where he spent the majority of his career.
His last appearance in the Octagon took place last December when he fell to Tim Means by submission and then afterwards said he was going to test the free-agent market before deciding where he would fight next.
Now he will join the roster at BKFC where he joins a host of fellow mixed martial artists, who have made waves for the bare-knuckle fighting promotion.
“I’m really excited for this new moment in my career,” Alves said when speaking to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “I think the Bare Knuckle style matches my style pretty well. I’ll be the 165-pound champion in this organization. The pitbull wants blood.”