Welterweight top contender Thiago Alves’s next Octagon outing will come against John Howard at UFC 124 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie.com on Thursday that bout agreements should be signed and submitted shortly.
Much has been made about Alves’ propensity to pack on a few too many pounds when it’s time to tip the scales, however he believes the welterweight division is exactly where he belongs.
Following his unanimous decision loss to Jon Fitch, UFC president Dana White “encouraged” the Alves to move up to the 185-pound division due to his inconstancy at weigh-ins. Instead, the American Top Team fighter opted to enlist the services of Mike Dolce, a former contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” to help prevent any future embarrassments on the scale.
Howard owns a 14-5 professional record and was last seen taking a TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger at “UFC on Versus 2” this past month.
UFC 124 will be jumping off December 11th inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.