by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com Thiago Alves will try to show UFC president Dana White one more time that he can make 170lbs when he returns at UFC 124 on December 11 to face John “Doomsday” Howard in a welterweight bout on the Montreal, Canada card.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday. The initial news of the fight was reported by MMAJunkie.com on Thursday as well.
Heading into UFC 117, Thiago Alves (17-7) hoped to put the last year of his life behind him as he faced Jon Fitch with a chance to fight for the welterweight title again on the line. Following more than a year off due to complications with injuries and actual brain surgery, Alves came into the fight and missed weight, which is not the first time the Brazilian struggled to cut to the welterweight limit.
Alves went on to lose the fight to Fitch, and UFC president Dana White even proclaimed afterwards that he hoped the American Top Team fighter would consider a move to middleweight where he could comfortable make the weight limit.
Following another tough weight cut, Alves sought out the services of former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and fight nutrition guru Mike Dolce to help him with his diet, and make sure weight cutting would not be an issue any longer. He’ll see if the move paid off on December 11.
Opposing Alves in the fight at UFC 124 will be Boston area fighter John “Doomsday” Howard (14-4) who tasted his first defeat in the Octagon in his last fight against Jake Ellenberger in early August. Prior to that loss, Howard had gone 4-0 in the UFC, with impressive performances over Daniel Roberts and Dennis Hallman.
Now, bouncing back from the first loss he’s had since 2007, Howard will get a tough test as he faces a top ten welterweight in Thiago Alves.
The bout between Alves and Howard will be part of the UFC 124 card slated for Montreal, Canada and headlined by hometown hero Georges St. Pierre taking on Josh Koscheck for the UFC welterweight title.