UFC 130 Fight Card Preview: Weigh-in Results Show Thiago Alves' Progress
From the moment Thiago Alves walked out for the UFC 130 weigh-in on Friday afternoon, it was clear that the "Pitbull" has taken an important step in his career as he prepares to face Rick "The Horror" Story.
Alves came out with nutritionist Mike Dolce in tow, and as he shed his gear before stepping on the scale, he showed that he was wearing the same "Dolce Diet" t-shirt as the TUF 7 alum. One has to figure that Dolce wouldn't put his trademark on a fighter who was about to miss weight, and sure enough, Alves was right on target. In fact, after taking advantage of the one-pound allowance in December when he fought John Howard at UFC 124, Alves came in at an even 170 pounds.
Making weight for back-to-back fights might not seem like a big deal, and to be honest, it's part of the job if you're an MMA fighter. However, given that Alves' eight fights before UFC 124 saw him miss weight twice and test positive for a banned diuretic, it's worth noting how
As he was working with Alves before the Howard fight, Dolce spoke to UltimateFighter.com and explained about how his work with fighters like Alves and UFC 130 main eventer Quinton "Rampage" Jackson goes beyond the nutritional expertise that he brings to the table (no pun intended).
"I get in there and I change their lifestyle," Dolce said. "It's not just the meal plan, although that's a huge part of it. It's their lifestyle. It's the way they think. It's the way they breathe it's the people they hang out with. It's when they wake up, when they go to sleep, their state of mind. I get in there, and I try to make everything a positive. There's so much stress on the body from this sport, just from competing, so I try to eliminate all of that and make it a positive, pleasurable, very healthy experience."
Judging by how animated Alves was when he stepped on the scale, it appears to be working for him, and that could be very bad news for Rick Story on Saturday night.
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