Thiago Alves scraps failed LW experiment, back to 170 for April bout

Thiago Alves scraps failed LW experiment, back to 170 for April bout

Thiago Alves missed weight by seven pounds in his Lightweight debut, then lost. He’s headed back to 170

Thiago Alves (21-11) decided to make a move to Lightweight last year.  He thought he’d be big for the division and that would be to his advantage.  Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned.  For his Lightweight debut at UFC 205, he missed weight by seven pounds.  Yep, seven pounds.  He forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Jim Miller, and then the next night, lost the fight as well.  Previous to that fight, he was bested by Carlos Condit.  He hasn’t tasted victory in the Octagon in two years.  He’s opting back to Welterweight and took to Twitter to let everyone know.

This brings us to a potential opponent for the returning Alves.  UFC Matchmaker Sean Shelby recently tweeted as well, saying Al Iaquinta would likely be back in the Octagon, sooner rather than later.  Check it out.

Lastly to complete the circle, Al Iaquinta was on Submission Radio and brought up the possibility of facing Thiago Alves.  He had the following to say.  “….Thiago Alves. He couldn’t make 155, so I’d be willing to go up to 170 if he just wants to chill out. I’ll go up to 170 and fight him. I think that would be good, that’d be fun. I wouldn’t have to cut weight. He fought Jim Miller.”

It remains to be seen if this fight will happen, but the pieces certainly seem to be in place.