“It was just a half-pound, so I’m sure my body could have flushed it out. But I didn’t want to. I just wanted to concentrate on the fight. It was just easier for me to give up the money. Yes, we fight for money, but you also fight to win, and at the time, I was thinking I didn’t want to cut the weight. I was just focused on getting ready to fight. When you’re cutting weight and dehydrated, you don’t always think right. In the future, that won’t happen again. It can’t happen again… Dana said, ‘You’ve got to make weight, otherwise we’ve got to move you to 185.’ I told him, ‘Just please give me another chance. I won’t mess up again.’ I didn’t make excuses. I told him I thought I was there but I wasn’t. I took full responsibility. It’s not my coach or my camp, it’s me. I just asked for another chance, and he said OK. But I know this is my last chance… I’m just glad this nightmare is over and I just want to fight again. Whoever they put in front of me, I’m happy to fight. I appreciate the support I’ve gotten. When things like this happen, you see people’s true colors. I don’t care about the people who’ve turned their backs on me. I just focus on the ones who appreciate me. That’s what’s important to me and I won’t let them down. I’m going to take this thing to the next level. I’m going to make it happen. I know what I’ve been through and I see things clearly now. Nothing’s holding me back.”
—Thiago Alves talking to MMA Fighting about his problems making weight and his commitment to solve those problems moving forward
In case you’re wondering, not cutting the half pound cost Thiago Alves $12,000. He has since hired TUF 7 alum/nutritionist guru Mike Dolce to help him solve his weight problems once and for all.
Alves hopes to return to action sometime in November.
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