(Rogan was right. That DOES look like a goat’s vagina.)
Yesterday Pierce called out Thiago Alves via Twitter and "The Pitbull" accepted the Washington native’s challenge, however the UFC had other plans for the American Top Team fighter who will now face John Howard at UFC 124 in Montreal on December 11.
The news was first reported by MMAJunkie this afternoon and we were able to confirm with a source close to Alves.
The fight may well be Alves’ last stab at remaining at welterweight after he failed to make weight for the second time in his UFC career, this time for an important number two contendership match-up with Jon Fitch at UFC 117 last month that would determine who was next in line for a shot at the winner of the Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck bout, which is also slated for the December 11 card.
Now Alves, who recovered from a life-threatening brain abnormality and corrective surgery and made it back to fight in the UFC in the past year, will try to rack up some wins at 170 or below to prove he belongs in the welterweight class and to earn another shot at UFC gold in the division.
Howard isn’t one to lay down and give someone a win, though so it should make for an entertaining scrap.
Losing for the first time in the UFC in August at the UFC Live on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko event against Jake Ellenberger, he went an impressive 4-0 in his first four UFC fights against some tough opponents including Chris Wilson, Tamdan McCrory and Dennis Hallman.