UFC welterweight fighter Thiago Alves has once again failed to make weight, coming in at 171.5lbs for his No.1 contender fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 117.  Even given an additional hour to lose the extra .5lbs it was later confirmed that Alves would not be able to do so and as a result the contest will now be fought at a catchweight.

Earlier in the week Alves had skipped an open workout set up by the UFC amid rumors that he was struggling to make weight.  He later denied that there was a problem stating that the weight cut was the easiest it had ever been.

That’s now proven not to be the case and it’s not the first time Alves has found himself in this predicament.   For instance in 2008 he weighed-in at 174lbs for a fight with Matt Hughes.

Though he was closer to the weight limit on this occasion this latest incident does raise questions regarding whether Alves would now be better suited to fighting in the 185lb weight class instead.