by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Thiago Alves, who is currently 4-2 in his UFC career, is set to return to the Octagon on September 19th at an Ultimate Fight Night event as confirmed by sources close to the fight.
Alves was a rising star in the UFC’s welterweight division until he tested positive for the banned substance Spironolactone following his last fight and win over Tony DeSouza at UFC 66 in December. Spironolactone is a diuretic that is used mainly to lose weight and can mask steroids. The NSAC banned substance causes a person’s kidneys to remove excess sodium and water from their body. The use of Spironolactone is considered a dangerous way for someone to lose excess weight and can cause dehydration.
After facing an eight-month suspension that was handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alves is sure to return and try to make waves in an already stacked welterweight division and his opponent is set to be Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
Hironaka has racked up a 1-1 record in the UFC with a loss to top ten welterweight Jon Fitch and a win most recently over Forrest Petz in April.
This fight will take place as part of the September 19th show, which is expected to be the lead-in for the newest season of the Ultimate Fighter, featuring coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes.