Just two days removed from undergoing successful brain surgery, UFC welterweight Thiago Alves has been released from the Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Although he will be sidelined for another few weeks, the “Pitbull” can’t stop obsessing about a UFC 114 return.
“Leaving the hospital, going back to FL! [UFC 114] is looking good!!! I’m back, soo happy. Thank God! And all u guys! Osu!,” Alves Tweeted Friday morning.
The Brazilian was ultimately forced out of his rematch against Jon Fitch just 50 hours before showtime.
Now that the worst is behind him, Alves is anxious to get back to work despite the three-week suspension his doctors issued him. Just because he can’t physically fight doesn’t mean it’s prevented Alves from concentrating on his next Octagon opportunity.
“We prefer 114, but not for sure yet. Nothing is set in stone. Thiago wants to get into the cage as soon as possible. If UFC 114 means fighting someone [other than Fitch] then he’ll fight someone else … He wants to fight anybody that is willing to fight him, as soon as possible.
UFC 114 is the target date, but if he has no choice then he’s going to do UFC 115. I think Fitch is a fight he would have to fight eventually anyways. For either to get a title fight, especially since they both already had one with GSP, they would have to eliminate one guy.
Thiago’s feeling is that whoever wins between him and Fitch will be the next person in line for GSP.”
Following his June 2006 loss to Fitch, Alves reeled-off seven consecutive wins to propel himself into a 5Round affair with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100. Unfortunately for Alves, GSP brought his winning streak to a convincing halt when he posted a lopsided unanimous decision victory.