Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves are scheduled to finally rematch this Saturday at UFC 117. The scrap has been postponed twice already, however it appears things are good to go now. Expect that Alves might be having issues making the 171-pound max for tomorrow’s weigh-ins.
“I would be a little perturbed [if Shields got a title shot before fighting me], Jake’s a great, great fighter,” Fitch told MMAFighting.com. “He’s done a lot, but he’d have one fight in the organization and Kampmann’s got losses to guys who aren’t even in the organization anymore. The title picture never really makes sense anyways, so all I can do is focus on this fight.”
Well, the only problem with this fight is that Alves appears to be struggling once again to make weight. It was reported that his no-showed at yesterday’s UFC 117 open media workouts was so he could concentrate on hitting his mark at Friday’s official weigh-ins.
“I just found out that he’s struggling with some weight right now. It’s laughable. I mean he’s still got plenty of time so I’m not worried, but with everything that’s happened around this fight, I can’t get anymore stressed about it,” stated Fitch.
Complications for making weight is nothing new to Alves, who has been suspended in the past for taking a diuretic to help him lose excess pounds. The American Top Team stud also missed the mark by an astonishing four pounds for his UFC 85 contest against Matt Hughes. The former champ had no choice but to accept a catchweight bout.
“He’s had issues in his past with making weight and he’s had a long layoff. We knew that there was a possibility that he was going to be overweight for this fight,” Fitch explained.