Could Thiago Alves face possible cut at UFC 138?

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

Thiago Alves had a tough start in MMA, losing his first two pro fights, back in 2001. In time, he put together a ferocious seven-fight win streak, that earned him an ultimately failed shot at SGP's welterweight title. In his three fights since, his sole win was over John Howard, who is no longer with the organization.

That's the bad news. The good news is that in Papy Abedi 'Pit Bull' has an opponent who will likely stand and trade, and that should result in a win for Alves. But if he doesn't - and in this sport anything can happen which is why you have the fight - could UFC 138 see Alves leaving the UFC?

More likely candidates for the cut list include:

Eddie Faaloloto (2-2, 0-1 UFC)
(vs. Terry Etim)
Faaloloto is winless under the Zuffa banner, having dropped back-to-back fights to Anthony Njokuani in the WEC and then Michael Johnson in the UFC. Now he has to fight in a Brit in Britain.

Anthony Perosh (11-6, 1-3 UFC)
(vs. Cyrille Diabate)
After an 0-2 bid back in 2006, the Aussie got back on the books by stepping up to fight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic on short notice in Sydney. That didn't go well, but he rebounded with his first UFC win thanks to a submission over Tom Blackledge, and against Diabate he even gets to fight someone his own age.

Michihiro Omigawa (12-10-1, 0-4 UFC)
(vs. Jason Young)
If he loses he's almost guaranteed to find himself out of a job, but this is a very winnable fight for Omigawa. The UFC would no doubt love to see him stick around long enough to help out with its Japanese invasion in 2012.

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Radio Raheem site profile image  

11/4/11 5:32 PM by Radio Raheem

Missed weight AGAIN on his first try. Dude needs to move to 185 already.

Radio Raheem site profile image  

11/3/11 7:05 PM by Radio Raheem

Not sure why so many fans and "journalists" are infatuated with speculation regarding fighters getting cut, who's fighting for their job, etc. But it's pretty fuckin lame and doesn't help anything.

Farewell BJ site profile image  

11/3/11 6:56 PM by Farewell BJ

Opinions about who an author feels should be cut shouldn't be posted as news on a reputable news site

heroder site profile image  

11/3/11 6:42 PM by heroder

Alves lost to Story fair and square. Outwrestled, outstriked and beaten everywereAlves is not the Alves of before. game has evolved and he has not.Papa is going to wreck him imo

DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/3/11 6:41 PM by DoomFarmer

That loss to Story should have been a win, IMO.Don't see where you guys are getting this nonsense.He just hasn't had any impressive finishes as of late for people to jerk over.

Dr Violence site profile image  

11/3/11 6:40 PM by Dr Violence

I'm sure the UFC will be eager to get rid of the top ranked Brazilian in the welterweight division, especially now that UFC has become so popular in Brazil

rosario00 site profile image  

11/3/11 6:30 PM by rosario00

Alves sure as shit isn't getting cut and can destroy 90% of that division.. His problem has been wrestling and ATT's resistance to adding it to their repertoire.. Although better late than never, they did end up recruiting a ton of world class wrestlers such as Vila, Bubba Jenkins and I think Yoel Romero is there full time also.. He should be back to top 5 within 4 months

GSPtruefan site profile image  

11/3/11 5:37 PM by GSPtruefan

Hardy has cool hair, tattoos is English and handsome so is a different story than Alves.

GSPtruefan site profile image  

11/3/11 5:34 PM by GSPtruefan

He's not English and there are millions of brazilians in the UFC.

Evilzpet site profile image  

11/3/11 5:18 PM by Evilzpet

Cutting Alves at this point in time would be straight clownish.