Thiago Alves off UFC 111 card due to brain irregularity

UFC welterweight contender, Thiago Alves has been forced out of his fight against Jon Fitch at UFC 111 after a failed CT scan revealed an irregularity involving an artery in his brain.

UFC 111 takes place March 27th at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the rematch between Alves vs. Fitch was slated for the main card of the evening.

The source said the timing of Alves’ failed test came too late and that a replacement couldn’t be found in such short time. The UFC instead will promote the lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes to the main card of Saturday’s PPV.

Alves’ agent, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, said:

“Thiago is very disappointed,” “But he remains in good spirits and hopes to get back in the cage very quickly.”

Kawa said Alves hoped to fight on Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 21. Unfortunately, the timeframe is just too short, but Alves do have his eyes set on Abu Dhabi in April.

“Thiago will still be at his QandA on Friday, and hopefully he’ll be able to answer all the questions then,” Kawa said. “For now, Thiago just wants to apologize to all of his fans and let them know that he’s fine and will be fighting again very soon.”

Kawa also tells fans not to panic over the seriousness of the brain irregularity, saying:

“You have to assume when there’s a problem with any fighter — with their brain, with their spine or anything to that effect. If there’s a problem, anything can be career-ending. But at this point, I’m not going to speculate, I’m not going to say that’s the case … There hasn’t been anything to say there’s a condition in his brain. There’s just something they see in the [test] and they don’t know what it is and they just want to have him get it checked out. And they don’t want to clear him for a fight and it could be something serious. We’re not panicking at this point and we don’t want anyone to panic either, but we’ll see what happens.”

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