I just want to quickly pass along the latest update on the Thiago Alves (10-3) saga.
The UFC welterweight tested positive for an illegal diuretic prior to his victory over Tony DeSouza (10-3) at UFC 66. You can read more about that here and here.
According to FightNetwork.com, Alves will be temporarily suspended and possibly fined for his actions at a January 18 hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The win over DeSouza could also be changed to a "No Contest" at that time.
Here's the full snip:
Recently cited for non-approved diuretic use by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, welterweight Thiago Alves will be temporarily suspended at a Jan. 18 hearing pending a formal meeting for disciplinary action. Alves earned a second round TKO stoppage over Tony DeSouza at Dec. 30's UFC 66, an outcome that could be adjusted to a "no contest" under the NSAC's jurisdiction. Alves' pre-fight urinaylsis results showed traces of spironolactone, a diuretic that can be utilized for weight-cutting and/or to mask steroids.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer says Alves has already contacted the Commission and admitted to the use for weight-cutting purposes. In addition to the potential "no contest" alteration, Alves faces a fine and/or suspension.
Bad news for the surging Brazilian -- this comes at a time when his stock was on the rise in the 170-pound division.
We'll keep you posted on the fallout from hearing on the 18th.