Perhaps the roller coaster of events that transpired prior to the long awaited welterweight rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves was a sign something was rotten in the state of Denmark.
After multiple postponements and an emergency brain surgery for Alves, which was accompanied by a cautious recovery period, it appeared UFC 117 was finally going to be showtime. Although the pair took the Octagon stage on Saturday night, the spotlight wasn’t shinning quite as brightly after a certain 171.5-pounder was forced to tip the scales the day prior.
“It was only half a pound and the thing with California … the scales are digital and they round up to half a pound. He could have been a fraction of a quarter of a pound over and they would have rounded him up to half a pound,” Fitch said in defense of Alves at the post-fight press conference.”So I knew he was pretty close.”
As the old adage goes, ‘close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades’ and that’s the all-business stance UFC president Dana White took at the presser.
“That’s very nice of Fitch to say, but everybody else made weight. It wasn’t the scale, he didn’t come in on weight,” an agitated White stated. “[Thiago and I] were just texting a few minutes ago before I came in. He said, ‘I’m sorry about that, I’ll come back stronger.’ I said, ‘Yeah, at 185 you will.’ He said, ‘No, I want to fight at 170.’”