Thiago Alves requires surgery to correct brain irregularity

UFC welterweight contender, Thiago Alves will require minor surgery to correct the brain “irregularity” that cause his replacement on the UFC 111 fight card.

The Brazilian was 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.

Alves will have the outpatient procedure in New York next Wednesday, March 31st to correct the problem and is expected to resume training in as little as two weeks.

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.

Jon Fitch then agreed to replace Jake Ellenberger (22-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and fight fellow welterweight Ben Saunders (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) on the main card of UFC 111.

“Killa B” was scheduled to appear on the UFC 111 fight card opposite Jake Ellenberger, but appearently Saunders specifically asked for the new bout when Fitch became available.

Ellenberger was promised a “show” and “win” money to make up for the UFC’s last-minute switch, an official announcement is expected any time now.

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