By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
MMANEWS.com can confirm that the Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch fight scheduled as a welterweight contest at UFC 117 this Saturday night in Oakland will now be fought at a catch-weight.
Of course this news comes following Alves' second attempt to make weight after the cameras stopped rolling for the live webcast of the weigh-ins earlier this evening (check out the full UFC 117 Weigh-In Video). Alves weighed in during the live weigh-ins in front of the audience and live on the internet at 171.5 pounds. This is obviously unacceptable, as you're allowed only one pound over the required weight, which at welterweight is 170 pounds.
During Alves' second attempt after the internet broadcast, he again weighed in at 171.5 pounds, forcing the fight to either be canceled altogether or switched to an agreed upon “catch-weight,” which also means that Alves will be forfeiting 20-percent of his contracted fight purse.
What effect this will have on the announcement made by Dana White earlier this week that the Alves-Fitch winner is guaranteed the next title shot at the Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck winner in December remains to be seen. One would assume that the equation is only half correct now, in that Fitch would still go on for a title shot if he wins on Saturday and Alves would not, however that is merely speculation at this point.
As soon as more information becomes available, we'll be back with another update. In the meantime, discuss the pre-UFC 117 insanity with other die-hard MMA fans like yourself in our MMANEWS.com Forums.