Thiago Alves’ long-standing problems with cutting weight have been well documented, so after his struggles resulted in missing the welterweight limit for his fight with Jon Fitch back in August, he made a change. Alves began working with nutritionist and strength coach Mike Dolce.
“I was really, really happy. I was very excited. I couldn’t believe how easy it was,” Alves told MMAWeekly Radio about the weight cut for the Howard fight at UFC 124. “I was just happy to be there, happy to be a part of the whole thing and to also be fighting.”
“You have no idea how depressed I used to get before, like two days before weigh-ins. I was too big before weigh-ins, it was never easy if you’re a fighter to make weight, but I was just miserable. This time I was eating, like we ate five times the day before, just good portions, and I was like wow I can’t believe it.
“I was happy, I was good, just not the kind of weigh-in I’m used to. I was having fun at the whole show, like once you get there usually you just want to get it over because you want to start eating again, and you don’t get that feeling that you get to enjoy anything. This time I had a lot of energy and I was just loving life.”
"You’re always starting over again, but you learn from your mistakes and I’ve learned a lot. I’m happy I went through all those things I had to go through to get to this point today, and I definitely feel the sky’s the limit now. I can do and be everything I always wanted to be. I’m just going to go out there and do what I’m supposed to do and have fun with it.”
“It’s a partnership that’s just started,” he said about working with Dolce. “It’s the first thing I said when I talked to him (after the fight), we’re going to make history bro.”
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