Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Rafael “The Turn” Alves.
The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 4, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
The event takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.
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NAME: Rafael Alves
NICKNAME: Rafael “The Turn” Alves
WEIGHT CLASS: Featherweight
AGE: 29 years old – 11/10/1990
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-7, 145
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Para, Brazil
FIGHTING OUT OF: Miami, FL by way of Para, Brazil
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Portuguese, a little English and a little Spanish
TRAINER: Cesar Carneiro & Daniel Valverde
STRENGTHS: Muay Thai
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 18-9
Thoughts on opponent, Alejandro Flores? I don’t think about my opponent at all.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at the age of seven, in a backyard gym. Before I started training my trainer saw me fighting in the streets, so he called me to train and that’s where it all started.
What ranks and titles have you held? In my city in Icoaraci I have several Muay Thai tittles as well as titles in Jiu-Jitsu. Black belt in Muay Thai, black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Titan FC 155 champion.
Do you have any heroes? My hero will always be my father. With difficult times growing up he never left anything missing for me. He died a hero for me. This is my hero, my father, with pride.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. It is the dream of all athletes to arrive at the biggest event in the world and for me it is no different when I step into the Octagon.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I never went to college but I finished my studies.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a soccer player
Favorite grappling technique: Heel hook
Favorite Striking technique: Superman punch
Twitter account name: @rafael_theturn
Facebook account: Rafael The Turn Alves
Instagram account: rafaeltheturn
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2007
- Seven wins by KO, six by submission (Guillotine, 4 RNC, undisclosed submission)
- Eight first round finishes
- On four-fight winning streak
- Holds 2016 win over UFC vet Yoislandy Izquierdo
- Also faced UFC vet Vagner Rocha in 2016