UFC welterweight Thiago Alves underwent successful surgery today in New York to correct an abnormality on the left side of his brain.
“Everything went well with Thiago “Pitbull” Alves’ procedure this morning,” American Top Team Tweeted on Wednesday regarding their superstar. “Thank you all for your well wishes. We will have more news Friday.”
The Brazilian was forced out of his rematch against Jon Fitch at UFC 111 this past Saturday after a CT Scan revealed an “irregularity” in his brain. Alves had no choice but to withdraw just 50 hours before showtime.
When TMZ.com first broke the news, UFC president Dana White claimed Alves’ condition could “be career-ending.” Thankfully, that’s not the case, as the 26-year-old’s coach, Ricardo Liborio, was told by doctors he could resume training in just a few weeks.
“Everything is good,” Liborio told MMAJunkie.com. “The first thing [Thiago] said when he got out of anesthesia was, ‘When can I get back to training?’ In three weeks, he should be training if he doesn’t do anything stupid.”
Alves holds an impressive 16-6 record, however hasn’t been seen inside an Octagon since being dominated by reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100 last July.
This is the second time his mulligan with Fitch has been called off. A knee injury forced him out of a proposed UFC 107 scrap this past December.
In 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.
Alves and ATT have already requested to fight at UFC 114 on May 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.