Despite employing Mike Dolce, the Greg Jackson of weight cutting, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves tipped the scales today for his UFC 138 tilt against Papy Abedi one pound over the welterweight limit.
Alves has a history of missing weight, having tipped the scales heavy for two UFC bouts prior (UFC 85 and UFC 117) and testing positive for banned diuretics during his UFC career as well. As a result, Alves attained the services of Dolce, who has become renowned for his proficiency in helping fighters make weight. After UFC 117, the 28-year-old Brazilian powerhouse had no issue making the welterweight limit of 171lbs – until today, of course, when he weighed in at 172lbs. for UFC 138.
Fortunately for him, the Pitbull avoids Dana White’s scorn and won’t have to forfeit a percentage of his fight purse – as is usually custom when a fighter misses weight – since he was able to shed that last pound in the extra hour he was given to do so. Upon his second try – and with relative ease according to Dolce – Alves hit the mark at 171lbs.
Having gone 1-3 in his last four, with his only win in the stretch being a decision over John Howard (who is no longer employed by the UFC), missing weight today and losing to Abedi tomorrow could very well have seen Alves booted from the promotion.
As it stands, he’ll be looking to get a much needed ‘W’ tomorrow night against UFC newcomer Papy Abedi, an undefeated Congolese fighter competing out of Sweden. UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz goes down tomorrow from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. FightLine will be back with live, ongoing coverage of the event beginning at 12:30pm ET tomorrow.