Thursday, March 25, 2010
Brain Irregularity Forces Thiago Alves Off UFC 111
Earlier today, during routine medical tests for all UFC 111 fighters, a pre-fight CAT scan revealed a dangerous irregularity in the brain of, UFC welterweight contender and former title challenger, Thiago "The Pitbull" Alves (16-6). This precautionary procedure is not required by every state athletic commission, which means Alves was considerably lucky to be fighting in New Jersey where it is done regularly.
According to UFC president Dana White, this unusual injury could even be career-ending, which would be an incredible shame given Alves' crowd-pleasing style and nearly limitless potential in the 170lb. division. Obviously, the well-wishes of every MMA and UFC fan are with Thiago Alves today.
The UFC has already announced that, given the limited remaining time-frame in which to schedule a new opponent, Jon Fitch (21-3) will not appear in a replacement fight at UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy. Though his troubles are insignificant in comparison to Alves' condition, this is an unfortunate development for Fitch who would have preferred to stay busy in order to remain near the front of the welterweight title hunt. Fitch also probably liked his chances in this fight, having defeated Alves once before in mid-2006.
A lightweight battle between New Jersey's own wrestler-extraordinaire Kurt Pellegrino (14-4) and Brazilian grappler Fabricio Camoes (10-4-1) has been promoted to the main card to take the place of Fitch vs. Alves II.
Updated UFC 111 Fight Card:
170 lbs.: [-700] Georges St. Pierre (19-2, 14-2 UFC) vs. [+475] Dan Hardy (23-6, 4-0 UFC)
265 lbs.: [-160] Frank Mir (13-4, 11-4 UFC) vs. [+130] Shane Carwin (11-0, 3-0 UFC)
155 lbs.: Fabricio Camoes (10-4-1, 0-0-1 UFC) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (14-4, 6-3 UFC)
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger (22-5, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ben Saunders (8-2-1, 4-1 UFC)
155 lbs.: Jim Miller (16-2, 5-1 UFC) vs. Mark Bocek (8-2, 4-2 UFC)
Under Card (Live On Spike TV):
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz (11-5, 6-3 UFC) vs. Rory Markham (16-5, 1-1)
170 lbs.: Ricardo Almeida (11-3, 4-3 UFC) vs. Matt Brown (11-7, 4-1 UFC)
Preliminary Card (May Not Be Broadcast):
205 lbs.: Jared Hamman (11-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Rodney Wallace (9-1, 0-1 UFC)
185 lbs.: Tomasz Drwal (17-2-1, 3-1) vs. Rousimar Palhares (10-2, 3-1)