One time UFC Middleweight Title challenger Thales Leites is preparing to face Sam Alvey on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 108.
Although this is the first time that both fighters have fought each other, the Brazilian has been studying his opponent for quite a long time.
“Sam Alvey is tough,” Leites said to MMA Junkie “He is like a rattlesnake. He has very heavy hands and a lot of faith in his chin. He keeps moving forward. He’s dangerous. I’ve analyzed him already. I’ve been analyzing him for some time as a possible opponent. I’ve been paying attention to his behavior inside the octagon. He has many weapons. But we’ve been putting together a strategy by watching his fights, even those before the UFC, so I can be victorious again.”
Leites is currently on a two fight losing streak and has a 6-3-0 record in his second stint with the UFC.
The fighter finds it best to just learn from past mistakes and keep putting the hard work in.
“That’s life,” Leites said. “Especially when you’re a professional in the biggest promotion in the world, against the best fighters. Staying on a win streak is great, but things narrow down once you get into the top 15 or top 10, and you find yourself against the best of the best in the world. Fights get harder against tougher and better-ranked professionals. It’s difficult to keep up a win streak. I try to take lessons from it all. I seek to learn from what I did wrong, and build on those things I did right. The work goes on.”
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place on Saturday, April 22 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee with Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event.