Yesterday we wrote about the positives and negatives of Thiago Alves potential move to middleweight, but it seems that the fighter himself is doing everything in his power to ensure that he stays at 170lbs instead.

“I think (at) 185, the guys are way too big for me,” was Alves frank assessment of competing at middleweight in an interview with MMAJunkie.

Alves is now set to enlist the help of former Ultimate Fighter season 7 competitor Mike Dolce‘ and his tried and tested ‘Dolce Diet’ system and also using bcaas in order to make the weight cut easier for him in the future.

“He’s going to be taking care of all my nutrition and supplementation,” Alves said. “Eight weeks out, he’s going to move into my house and follow me through my whole camp. [I’m] going to fix things I need to fix at the gym and in my lifestyle.”

Dolce’s system has proven to be successful in the past.  Most recently he helped Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson get back down to 205lbs in time for his fight with Rashad Evans after balooning up to 250lbs+ during filming the A-Team movie.

If Alves is determined to stay at 170lbs then this is certainly the best way to go about it, and may help to appease Dana White who has so far led the calls for him to move up in weight.