Thiago Alves

With all the story lines leading into UFC 100, one story that’s taken a back seat is whether Thiago Alves will make weight or not.

Alves missed weight by four pounds at UFC 85 when he fought Matt Hughes and was even busted for taking a diuretic at UFC 66. And since this is a title fight, he won’t have that extra pound to play with. Basically, if he was ever going to hit his mark, this is the time to do it. No one wants to be the next Travis Lutter.

The good news is, though, he’s ahead of schedule.

As of 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves said he weighed 183 lbs.

“That’s really good for me,” he told MMAWeekly. “Usually I get here (at) 188, 189, and I’m amazed with myself. 183, I’m like whoa. Everybody from the UFC was like, wow, I can’t believe it.”

“I’ve just been doing what I’m supposed to do more professionally,” he said. “No cheating on myself, things like that. Before, (it was like), ah, I’m going to skip one day. It would always catch up with me later on. I’d leave everything to the last minute.”

Gina, Cyborg, are you ladies paying attention?

Update: There’s a conflicting report on the status of Alves weight cut. According to this Fox Fight Game report, Alves’ trainer Ricardo Liborio is worried Thiago won’t make weight. Apparently, Thiago’s having a tougher time with the cut than he’s led everyone to believe.