Mike Dolce narrowly avoided a difficult predicament ahead of UFC 175, as the fitness guru will no longer have to worry about overseeing both Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen's nutritional needs in person in the lead-up to their fight on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's because the bout is set to be contested at light heavyweight and not at the proposed 185-pound weight class that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White revealed last week.
According to Dolce, since both men don't have to cut so much weight, he doesn't have to be involved in every aspect of the process as he usually is. This, according to comments he made to MMA Fighting:
"Fortunately, at 205 pounds, so neither guy needs me in person and both are using me as a consultant. In such cases, I forgo my professional fee for both athletes and simply offer my abilities as a health coach, keeping the talk of MMA out of the conversation."
The 2013 Trainer of the Year award winner has been working with both men for quite some time, though Dolce and Sonnen's partnership goes all the way back to 2005. In fact, according to the report, 'The American Gangster" is the one responsible for bringing Belfort and Dolce together in 2009.
Of course, the fight is not set in stone just yet as "The Phenom" has a scheduled hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on June 17, 2014 in hopes of getting license to fight. Belfort was pegged as Wanderlei Silva's replacement after "The Axe Murderer" allegedly ducked out on a surprise drug test.
Which is all a bunch of B.S., according to Silva.
As for Dolce, he'll be plenty busy come Fourth of July weekend, as he'll be in charge of making sure UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's weight is on point for her title defense against Alexis Davis; which is set to co-headline UFC 175.
But Mike's duties don't end there, as he will also be overseeing B.J. Penn's weight cut down to 145 pounds when he faces Frankie Edgar for a third time the following day (July 6, 2014) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale, which also goes down in "Sin City."
Talk about having a full plate.