Fresh off a hard-fought win over John Howard at UFC 124 earlier this month, and a successful weigh-in beforehand, Thiago Alves appears ready to return to the Octagon and anticipates doing so this May against an unnamed opponent.
Alves mentioned the expected bout on Twitter, adding that he didn’t know who he would be facing but that it didn’t matter because “he’s going down”.
The American Top Team-trained striker had dropped two decisions prior to his win in Montreal, including a title-shot to Georges St. Pierre and follow-up fight with “Top 3” welterweight Jon Fitch. Alves improved his record to 18-7 with the win including successful performances against Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, and Chris Lytle.
According to a report on MMAWeekly, one potential in-ring adversary for the 27-year old is Rick Story with a targeted date of May 28 in Las Vegas. Story is 12-3 with wins in eleven of his last twelve bouts including the last five times he’s stepped into the cage. Though Alves will represent the highest-profile opponent Story has encountered in the Octagon, he has had his hands raised against a number of notable competitors such as Dustin Hazelett, Johny Hendricks, and Jake Ellenberger.