UFC welterweight fighter Thiago “Pitbull” Alves could be making his last appearance as a welterweight in the UFC against John “Doomsday” Howard this December at UFC 124. MMAJunkie.com reported the match up earlier today; apparently both Howard and Alves have verbally agreed to the bout and the bout agreements are expected to be signed soon.
Alves, a product of the Florida-stationed American Top Team gym, recently drew the ire of UFC President Dana White by failing to make weight in his number one contender’s bout with Jon Fitch which took place earlier this August at UFC 117. Alves has a history of weight issues and missing the mark against Fitch was the last straw for White, who vowed to make Alves compete at middleweight from now on. Alves pleaded his case, hired a nutritionist specializing in healthy weight control and earned at least one more shot in the UFC’s 170lb division. Alves is 17-7 as a professional and is currently 0-2 in his last two outings, losing to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and, most recently, to Fitch.
Fighting out of Boston, Massachusetts, John “Doomsday” Howard holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 14-5 and is currently 4-1 in the UFC. His four Octagon victories have come against Chris Wilson (split decision), Tamdan McCrory (split decision), Dennis Hallman (KO) and Daniel Roberts (KO). His most recent outing resulted in his first UFC loss; Howard was deemed unfit to continue on in his UFC Live 2 – Jones vs. Matyushenko bout against Jake Ellenberger due to extreme swelling on his left eye.
UFC 124 is expected to go down this December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will likely feature a welterweight title fight between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and number one contender Josh Koscheck in addition to the Alves-Howard match up.