Making weight has been an ongoing issue for former UFC welterweight top contender Thiago Alves. Following his loss to Jon Fitch at UFC 117, the American Top Team fighter has decided to enlist the services of Mike Dolce, a former contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” to help prevent any future embarrassments on the scale.
“[Mike Dolce’s] going to be taking care of all my nutrition and supplementation,” Alves told MMAJunkie Radio. “Eight weeks out, he’s going to move into my house and follow me through my whole camp. [I’m] going to fix things I need to fix at the gym and in my lifestyle.”
Dolce currently works with Wolfslair fighters Michael Bisping and former Octagon light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Although UFC president Dana White has “encouraged” the Brazilian to move up to the 185-pound division, Alves believes he will no longer be the dynamic fighter that he is by jumping a weight class.
“That will be a big disadvantage for me to move to 185,” Alves expressed. “I’m going to lose a lot of strength. Also, because the guys are much, much bigger and taller than me. At 170, I’m good. I’ve got a good reach and I’m sharper than most of the guys I fight.”
In addition to missing the mark for his pivotal rematch with Fitch, the talented 26-year-old was also suspended in 2007 for taking a banned diuretic to help him lose excess pounds. In addition, he weighed-in at an astonishing three pounds over the limit for his UFC 85 contest against Matt Hughes in June 2008, so “good” is hardly the word most would use to describe Alves’ ability to fairly compete in the welterweight division.
Not only does Fitch now own two convincing wins over Alves, Saturday’s disappointing performance also cost him a title shot against the winner of the Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St-Pierre championship fight rumored for UFC 124 in December.
Although Alves hadn’t set foot inside an Octagon for 13 months prior to this weekend, and just underwent emergency brain surgery in April, the Brazilian wasn’t interested in offering up any excuses. He’s hoping The Dolce Diet will be serving whatever it is that ails him.