34-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 27-11-0
January 13, 2018 Thiago Alves News
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Alves will not get an opportunity to compete at UFC St. Louis on Sunday due to a head injury that forced Zak Cummings to withdraw from the fight, Damon Martin of mmanytt.com reports.
While attempting to cut weight for this bout, Cummings slipped in the bathtub and smacked his head against a handrail, which left him unable to set foot in the Octagon for this scheduled affair. This marks the second straight missed opportunity for Alves, who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Mike Perry in September due to Hurricane Irma. Without any time to find "Pitbull" a worthy opponent, this anticipated bout will fall by the wayside, and St. Louis will move forward with 12 fights on the card.
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Fantasy AnalysisAlves withdrew from his last scheduled fight (against Mike Perry at UFC Pittsburgh) to be with his family in the wake of Hurricane Irma. While he won't compete again in 2017, the 34-year-old fighter will be on the first UFC card of 2018. Alves owns a 22-11 overall record and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Patrick Cote.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves withdrew from his welterweight matchup with Mike Perry the week of the fight, and the reasons were initially undisclosed. The Brazilian later released a statement via his personal Instagram account that clarified he stayed behind with his family in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many fighters in the area left for the event early, and while Alves stayed back, travel complications prevented him from getting a later flight out. Despite losing the scheduled bout (and the accompanying pay day), the good news is that Alves isn't dealing with any injuries, and intends to be booked again within the next few months. There shouldn't be much love lost from UFC brass, given the circumstances, as Alves is a veteran of the promotion since 2005. He recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a UFC 210 victory over Patrick Cote and is looking to find his way back into the 170-pound rankings.
Fantasy AnalysisIt is yet unclear why Alves decided to withdraw and there is no clear replacement for him yet. Since there are so few days left until the promotion, it seems finding a replacement on such short notice will be tough to do. There will likely be more updates on his status in the near future.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves (22-11) came back from a two-fight losing streak with a dominating effort against Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April, and Perry (10-1) also rebounded from a loss in April, knocking out Jake Ellenberger. The fight was scheduled for UFC 215 in August and then subsequently cancelled because of the proximity to the Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather bout on Aug. 26.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves' strong effort coincided with him moving back up to welterweight. After depleting his body and ultimately missing weight against Jim Miller in November, the Brazilian looked much more comfortable with the extra 15 pounds on his frame. Alves still doesn't posses the foot or hand speed that he did earlier in his career, but he can tag you if you give him an opening. While there still isn't a ton of reason for optimism here moving forward, it's clear that Alves should be fighting at 170 pounds for the rest of his career.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves missed weight for his previous fight which was a loss to Jim Miller at UFC 205 in November. He will be in search of a better result against Cote at 170 pounds, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much. Alves has been as inconsistent as they come over the course of his UFC career.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves missed weight, but Miller added two pounds to get within the five-pound difference for the fight to continue. He would lose by unanimous decision, and will now have to wait until at least February 12, 2017 to get back into the Octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisTo recap: Alves missed weight on Friday by more than six pounds and then lost his fight on Saturday after Miller gained two pounds in order for the fight to proceed. Not a great 48 hours for the Brazilian. Alves appeared slow and sluggish for the majority of the fight, which shouldn't be considered a surprise considering how tough his weight cut was. Alves was able to land a couple nice power shots here and there, but then he left himself open for a takedown and Miller would promptly plant him on his back. The 33-year-old American Top Team product hasn't won a fight in nearly two years.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves was originally scheduled to face Al Iaquintana in his return to the octagon, but Iaquintana pulled out due to a contract dispute. He will instead face veteran fighter Jim Miller in a bout that will headline UFC Fight Pass. Alves hasn't fought since May of 2015, when he was TKO'ed by Carlos Condit due to a doctor stoppage. He was scheduled to fight last November against Benson Henderson but was forced to withdraw because of an undisclosed injury. While he will need to get back into the flow after a year and a half out of the cage, he'll face the equally-aged and possibly over the hill Miller rather than the 29-year-old Iaquinta.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves hasn't had a UFC fight since May of 2015, when he lost to Carlos Condit via TKO (doctor stoppage). He was scheduled to take on Benson Henderson in November of that year, but ended up withdrawing due to an undisclosed injury. Nearly a full calendar year later, the Pitbull will return to face Iaquinta, a 29-year-old New York native currently riding a four-fight winning streak. Rust might be a factor for Iaquinta as well, as he hasn't fought since April 2015 due to knee surgery. Alves will look to use a size advantage to lead him to an early stoppage, but he'll certainly have his work cut out for him against a younger fighter.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves had been looking to bounce back from a May 30 loss to Carlos Condit, but he'll have to get healthy before attempting to begin another winning streak. In his place, Jorge Masdival will step in to face Henderson for the fight scheduled in Seoul, South Korea.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves seemed committed to dropping down to lightweight after this last fight, a loss to Carlos Condit, but this report states that this fight will take place at welterweight. Perhaps Henderson had no desire to drop back down to lightweight. Either way, Alves has a tough fight on his hands here. He is up against it to avoid back-to-back losses.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was reported last month that Alves would be moving down to lightweight, so it certainly appears that this fight will take place at 155 pounds if it comes to fruition. Alves had his face rearranged by Carlos Condit in his last fight in May. A fight that was ultimately stopped by the doctor and resulted in a loss on Alves' record.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves is coming off a brutal defeat at the hands of Carlos Condit, and apparently thinks he'll have a better shot to compete in the 155-pound weight class. Rather than challenge the likes of Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley for a shot at welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, he'll have to go through fighters such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis to get to champion Rafael dos Anjos. It remains to be seen how his body will respond to cutting an extra 15 pounds, especially without the ability to rehydrate via IV, per recent rules changes.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves was defeated at the hands of Condit via TKO (doctor's stoppage) after he caught a vicious elbow in the second round that ended up breaking his nose. The Pitbull is expected to require surgery to repair the break, and will be out of action until he is either cleared by a doctor, or his 180 days are up. The 31-year-old had been the No. 12-ranked welterweight fighter heading into Saturday's loss, and it remains unclear what his next move will be at this time.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves may very well have won the first round but he served as a punching bag for Condit for nearly the entire second round. One particularly brutal elbow broke Alves' nose and the referee wouldn't allow him to come back out for Round 3. Alves is never going to quit, so it was a smart stoppage. It's hard to believe that Alves is ever going to do enough to earn another welterweight title shot (he lost to Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 100 in July 2009), but he should remains on the fringes of the top-ten for the foreseeable future.