UFC President Dana White will give welterweight Thiago Alves one final chance to stay at 170-pounds, despite saying after UFC 117 earlier this month that Alves needed move up to middleweight after failing to make weight for a unanimous decision loss to fellow contender Jon Fitch.
“Dana said, ‘You’ve got to make weight, otherwise we’ve got to move you to 185,'” Alves recently told MMA Fighting. “I told him, ‘Just please give me another chance. I won’t mess up again.’ I didn’t make excuses. I told him I thought I was there but I wasn’t. I took full responsibility. It’s not my coach or my camp, it’s me. I just asked for another chance, and he said OK. But I know this is my last chance.”
Alves has hired The Ultimate Fighter 7’s Mike Dolce, a nutritionist who previously helped Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for May’s UFC 114, to help him make weight for his next fight, which he expects to take place in November.