Thiago Alves once again failed to make weight prior to his UFC 117 bout with Jon Fitch, and after losing last night it appears that Dana White is now ready to step in and force the Brazilian striker to make the move up to 185lbs.
“We were just texting a few minutes ago and he said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry about that. I’ll come back stronger,’” White revealed at the post-fight press conference. “I said, ‘Yeah, at one 185 you will.’ He said, ‘No, I want to stay at 170.’”
Judging by the UFC president’s angry remarks it may be that Alves has little say in the matter.
“It’s bullsh*t to have guys make weight and have guys not make weight, especially at this level. When you’re in the UFC, your job is to make weight.”
As far as White is concerned it’s now reached the stage where it’s almost physically impossible for Alves to safely cut to 170lbs.
“Believe me, I didn’t think Thiago didn’t not want to make weight. He can’t,” White said. “Could he have cut that half a pound? Maybe he couldn’t have. Maybe he cut so much weight that mentally, it would have broke him to go cut that last half a pound and that’s bullsh*t…I guarantee he can make 185 and he’ll never have a problem at it.”
Personally I think White is right to step in on this matter. Like Anthony Johnson, Alves has been given plenty of opportunities to prove that he can make the welterweight limit, and has continually struggled to do so.
He should be able to comfortably make the 185lb middleweight mark, and after losing for a second time to Fitch, and coming up empty-handed against GSP perhaps a change in opposition will turn out to be the best thing for him.