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"The Turn"

Rafael Alves

Lightweight Division

20-12-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Rafael Alves

athlete record


Learn more about Rafael Alves' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 20, 2021
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2007

  • Seven wins by KO, eight by submission (2 Guillotine, 4 RNC, undisclosed submission)

  • Nine first round finishes

  • Has won six of his last nine

  • Holds 2016 win over UFC vet Yoislandy Izquierdo

  • Also faced UFC vet Vagner Rocha in 2016

UFC Fight Night (2/25/23) Alves lost a three round majority decision to Nurullo Aliev 

UFC 277 (7/30/22) Alves was knocked out by Drew Dober at 1:30 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (11/13/21) Alves submitted Marc Diakiese via guillotine choke at 1:48 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (5/22/21) Alves lost a three round unanimous decision to Damir Ismagulov


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 4

Episode 4 (8/25/20) Alves submitted Alejandro Flores via guillotine choke at 2:55 of the second round

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 does 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