After a brief stint at lightweight, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title challenger Thiago Alves will be moving back up to 170 pounds to challenge fellow promotional veteran Patrick Cote at UFC 210 on April 8 from inside KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, per a recent announcement by UFC.
Alves, 33, has fought just five times since 2011. After missing weight by over six pounds in his lightweight debut at UFC 205 this past November, Alves dropped a unanimous decision to veteran Jim Miller. The last time Alves competed at welterweight he was stopped in two rounds by Carlos Condit back in 2015. He remains a divisional liability moving forward based solely on his history with injures.
Cote, 36, remains one of the more consistent players in the 170-pound class. Since dropping down from middleweight in 2013, “The Predator” has amassed a 5-2 record inside of the Octagon, losing to only Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone. With incredibly punching power and a savvy clinch game, Cote should continue to threaten the top 15 in 2017.
UFC 210 will be headlined by a light heavyweight rematch between current champion Daniel Cormier and knockout king Anthony Johnson.
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