After Saturday’s UFC 117, UFC President Dana White said he expects Thiago Alves to move up from 170-pounds to the 185-pound middleweight division after failing to make weight and dropping a unanimous decision in his anticipated rematch with fellow contender Jon Fitch:
“Alves said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry about that. I’ll come back stronger.’ I said, ‘Yeah, at one 185 you will.’ He said, ‘No, I want to stay at 170.’
It’s not like this guy has been off for a year, he looked lethargic tonight. He looked slow. He doesn’t belong at 170. He belongs at 185 pounds. It’s bulls*** to have guys make weight and have guys not make weight, especially at this level. When you’re in the UFC, your job is to make weight. Everyone else made weight that day, so it wasn’t the scale. He didn’t come in on weight, period.
Believe me, I didn’t think Thiago didn’t want to make weight. He can’t. Could he have cut that half a pound? Maybe he couldn’t have. Maybe he cut so much weight that mentally, it would have broke him to go cut that last half a pound and that’s bulls***. I guarantee he can make 185 and he’ll never have a problem at it.”