Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves has had a change of heart, and will no longer be staying at lightweight. The ATT fighter will face Patrick Cote in a welterweight contest at UFC 210 in Buffalo.
The promotion announced the news on Friday.
Alves (21-11) has had trouble making the 170lb limit throughout his career, missing weight twice in the UFC. For that reason, it was surprising when he announced he’d be moving down to lightweight. He attempted it, said it was a good idea, but couldn’t make the weight. He did blame this on an illness, but nevertheless, he has decided to move back up to welterweight. In that lone lightweight encounter, he dropped a decision to Jim Miller at UFC 205. Alves has lost his last two bouts and hasn’t won a bout since January of 2015.
Cote (23-10) has been in the UFC since 2012, and has been largely successful during that time. Prior to his last outing, the Canadian was on a three fight win streak with two finishes. He met Donald Cerrone at UFC Ottawa most recently, but was stopped by strikes for the first time in his career, as Cerrone picked up a third round TKO. The 36-year-old has gone 6-3 under the UFC, and has proved himself to be a gritty, hard nosed veteran who is a challenge for anybody.
UFC 210 takes place live from the Keybank Centre in Buffalo, New York on April 8, 2017. The card is set to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Daniel Cormer and Anthony Johnson.