With just over 50 hours before Thiago Alves was to face Jon Fitch at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy,” it appears the talented Brazilian will be forced out of the rematch after a CT Scan revealed an “irregularity in his brain. UFC president Dana White responded to the news by saying, “If it’s true, it can be career-ending.”
TMZ.com was the first to break the news early Thursday morning:
“UFC’s Thiago “Pitbull” Alves will not fight at Saturday’s UFC 111, because a CAT Scan shows an irregularity in his brain … TMZ has learned.
Thiago was scheduled to rumble with Jon Fitch on Saturday — but a pre-fight CAT Scan revealed an irregularity — a source close to 26-year-old Pitbull tells TMZ the irregularity involves an artery in the brain.
UFC honcho Dana White tells TMZ he will fly Pitbull to a specialist for further evaluation. White says, “If it’s true, it can be career-ending.”
No one will replace Pitbull on Saturday. The headliner is Georges St- Pierre — ironically, the fighter who solidly beat Thiago in his last fight last July.”
According to MMAMania, UFC brass have asked Fitch to maintain his weight as they are currently scouring the globe for a last-minute replacement. According to the site, Fitch may be offered a middleweight scrap in case they can’t locate a suitable welterweight in time.
Although Alves was controlling Fitch for much of their initial meeting at “UFC Fight Night 5″ back in June 2006, Fitch managed to land a vicious up-kick to Alves’ grill in the 2ndRound that ultimately put him out.
Following the loss, “The Pitbull” reeled-off seven consecutive wins to propel himself into a 5Round affair with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100. Although he fought valiantly, GSP brought his winning streak to a convincing halt when he posted unanimous decision victory over Alves.
(UPDATED 3/25/10 at 8:30AM PT)
Alves posted the following message on his Twitter account:
“To all my fans.. I’m sorry for this. The boxing commission can’t clear me for sat. But once I see a specialist and he clear me ill be back!”