UFC Quick Quote: Thiago Alves is no longer starving himself to make weight

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"I used to starve myself for weeks to make weight. I would start worrying four to five weeks before the fight about making weight. I would eat the wrong things, and retained a lot of water. Everyday was a burden for me. I just wanted time to fly by so I can get to the next day. It was bad. Since I met Dolce my life has changed. I'm falling in love with the sport all over again. I'm having fun again, even falling in love with the cutting weight. I'm flying high with confidence. I've been eating a lot, and I didn't know that before. Your body needs food to burn fat, and lose weight properly. Everything I did before was wrong, and my body didn't perform well. I'm just curious to see how well I'm going to perform. If I did pretty good when I was doing things wrong, I can't even begin to imagine how well I'm going to perform from here on out."

Former welterweight number one contender Thiago Alves (via Miami Herald) heads into his UFC 124 bout against John Howard with a new approach to weight cutting thanks to the services of Mike Dolce and his "Dolce Diet." Fans with short-term memories may not remember when the Brazilian said his weight cut for UFC 117 was the easiest of his career -- prior to coming in over the limit against Jon Fitch. Now that he's convinced UFC President Dana White that he can compete at 170-pounds, missing weight would be catastrophic for his career, as would losing. Alves has already dropped two straight and falling to John Howard could see the "Pitbull" put down for good.

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