For Thiago Alves reaching the welterweight limit has been a struggle he has dealt with for years. Now, thanks to the direction of renowned dietician Mike Dolce, “The Pitbull” can focus solely on bettering himself as a fighter.
Alves made the welterweight limit with ease Thursday night during weigh-ins for his main event fight with Martin Kampmann tonight at UFC on FX 2, making sure to credit Dolce beforehand for the changes to the lifestyle beforehand causing him to become one of the few fighters associated with consistently missing weight.
Alves talked about the road to 170 pounds, saying he was just fifteen ticks over with four weeks to go – quite the difference compared to the 25 he used to come in at with the same amount of time remaining before a scheduled bout.
“Everything is different now,” Alves said in an interview with FightLine.“Dolce has taken over my diet and changed my nutrition and my strength and conditioning program.”
Coming off a victory over Papy Abedi last year, Alves now finds himself back on track in the division as well as in terms of managing his weight. As such, he knows a win over Kampmann would put him a step or two closer towards challenging for the UFC belt once again.
“I know it’s going to be an awesome fight for the fans, but it’s not going to be like any of his other fights because I plan on knocking him out or submitting him,” boasted Alves, “He’s a really tough guy who’s beaten some top fighters, but I know I have all the skills to put him away.”
If all goes according to plan, the 28-year old hopes to squeeze in two more fights this year as well to set up a title-shot in 2013.
“I want to stay active this year,” explained Alves. “I want to fight on Saturday night, again in July and then I’d like to fight again in December. Hopefully by then I can fight for the belt or at the very least against one of the top contenders. I’ll do whatever the UFC asks me. I’m all about getting paid and winning fights. I don’t care who it is in front of me as long as I can keep busy and work my way towards the top again. I got my head in the right place and I know as long as I’m healthy I can beat any welterweight who steps inside of the cage with me.”
Fans can catch Alves-Kampmann when the main broadcast fires up on FX at 9:00 PM EST with prelims taking place on Facebook/Fuel TV a few hours earlier.
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