Thiago Alves’ lightweight experiment is over. Following an unsuccessful cut down to the land of 155 pounds, the one-time UFC title challenger will return to his home in the welterweight division to take on Canadian veteran Patrick Cote in a 170-pound contest on April 8 at UFC 210.
The UFC announced the news Friday.
Alves (21-11) will look to rebound after losing back-to-back fights against Carlos Condit and Jim Miller in his most recent outings. The 33-year-old Brazilian, who has compiled an up-and-down 4-6 record since 2009 following a 9-2 start in the UFC, missed weight by nearly seven pounds for his Nov. 2016 bout against Miller, which was Alves’ only attempt to fight in the lightweight division.
He’ll now attempt to get back on track when he meets Cote (23-10), a fellow longtime UFC veteran who has revitalized his career since dropping down to the welterweight division.
Cote has won five of his seven fights since making the drop from middleweight in 2013, highlighted by a three-win streak that included knockouts of Josh Burkman and Ben Saunders. The 36-year-old Canadian suffered a third-round TKO defeat at the hands of Donald Cerrone in his most recent fight last June.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier seeks to defend his title in rematch against Anthony Johnson in the night’s main event, which airs live on pay-per-view.
An updated UFC 210 fight card can be seen below.
- Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman
- Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
- Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
- Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland
- Irene Aldana vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blachowicz
- Magomed Bibulatov vs. Jenel Lausa
- Charles Rosa vs. Shane Burgos
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