Despite the back and forth banter between former welterweight top contender Thiago Alves and Mike Pierce, it appears the Brazilian’s next Octagon outing will come against John Howard at UFC 124 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Sources close to the situation told MMAJunkie.com on Thursday that bout agreements should be signed and submitted shortly.
Much has been made about Alves’ propensity to pack on a few too many pounds when it’s time to tip the scales, however he believes the welterweight division is exactly where he belongs.
In addition to missing the mark for his pivotal rematch with Jon Fitch at UFC 117, the talented 26-year-old was also suspended in 2007 for taking a banned diuretic to help him lose excess pounds. Furthermore, he weighed-in at an astonishing three pounds over the limit for his UFC 85 contest against Matt Hughes in June 2008.
Following his unanimous decision loss to Fitch, UFC president Dana White “encouraged” the Alves to move up to the 185-pound division due to his inconstancy at weigh-ins. Instead, the American Top Team fighter opted to enlist the services of Mike Dolce, a former contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” to help prevent any future embarrassments on the scale.
Howard owns a 14-5 professional record and was last seen taking a TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger at “UFC on Versus 2” this past month.
UFC 124 will be jumping off December 11th inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.