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Alves vs. Fitch Tentatively Moved to UFC 117; Is There More to the Story?

(It looks like Thiago will have to wait a few more months before he can resume his Fraggle-bashing training.)

An MMAFighting.com story reveals today that the planned UFC 115 match-up between Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch will likely not take place until UFC 117.

UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta that the promotion was pushing the fight back as a precaution to ensure that "Alves is 1000 percent healthy."

I can’t help but wonder, though, if there is more to this story.

Alves was to return to New York on April 21 to visit with the neurosurgeon who conducted the procedure on the 26-year-old Brazilian to remedy an anomaly in his brain and was to find out that day whether or not he would be cleared for his rematch with Fitch June 12 in Vancouver, BC. Despite the fact that UFC 116 is the next show after the one in Vancouver, the UFC is now intimating that they aren’t looking at bringing him back before 117. No announcement has been made about his medical status, and it kind of seems like the UFC is pushing the date back for Alves’ return in the hopes that he will be cleared to fight by August, giving them a window to find a replacement for Fitch if necessary.

Requests to American Top Team for an update on Thiago’s condition have gone unanswered thus far. ATT head coach Ricardo Liborio told me on the evening of April 21 that he and Thiago appreciate the support of the MMA community in helping them through this trying experience, but would offer no news on whether or not his charge had been given the go ahead to resume training and fighting.



  1. HokeyPokeyLikeAoki Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 03:08

    I found even more info about this story: hXXp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enr4W6FsSpk&feature=related
  2. Charming Charlie Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 03:18

    There's more to the story alright: An ordinary fighter goes through a routine medical screening and discovers two blood vessels in his brain are about to fuse. New Jersey scientists repair the damage through his groin in a secret operation two thousand leagues below sea level, embuing him with super-intelligence and telekinesis. This summer fall, Thiago Alves stars in the Spike TV original, Phenomenon 2: The 1000% Man.
  3. Null Kuhl Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 03:29

    I certainly hope he's able to make a recovery from all of this. He's a great fighter and it would be a shame if this sidelined him during his prime.
  4. CapitalQ Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 03:35

    Charming Charlie +100
  5. jimbonics Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 04:14

    Good to see Charlie jump off the shit wagon and back on the fun wagon.
  6. Sabado Gigante Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 04:24

    I don't mind not seeing Thiago for the time being due to his medical status... When I finally do see Thiago fight, I want to see him at 100% (or at least close to it)... He's a great fighter and I wish him well...
  7. scabby.arm Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 04:27

    i hope he takes as much as time as they give him. this seemed pretty serious. when he returns i want to see nothing more then him smashing his way back to the top of division. fitch needs to get his brain scrambled the way i like my eggs.
  8. mDino Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 04:29

    My sources have told me that he's in brazil right now with SF3's Sean, perfecting the shoryu-cannon in hopes of winning a rematch with GSP some day.
  9. robthom Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 04:45

    So many great fighters in UFC (which is a good problem to have) is really making a logjam. Fitch/Alves would be so much more fascinating if it was for the top slot instead of the next chance to get sent back by GSP again. They need to shift the brickwalls up one. anderson to 205 where he'll be pushed, GSP without being outsized by anderson, and BJ after he quickly reconquers 155 (a matchmaking mistake IMO). Alves vs. Fitch again with no apparent upside just isn't making me look twice.
  10. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 05:44

    I just hope we get to see Pitbull in action again, hopefully this is just a precautionary measure to ensure there's no chance of further damage before he fights again. And by no further damage I mean to the original condition, realise anyone who steps in the Octagon runs the risk of getting their brains scrambled.
  11. David_Banner Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 07:16

    I heard the UFC has a hit out on Fitch. Thats just what I'm hearing..
  12. Dr Garbo Says:

    Fri, 04/30/10 - 11:08

    @ Charming Charlie C'mon man a brain injury is nothing to joke about...Over at Bloody Elbow I would have you banned in a heartbeat for that....I take my MMA websites very cerealesly...IM A GOD DAMN LEGEND...SAVAGES...GOD DAMN SAVAGES...
  13. Kimbos Bread Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 12:39

    Apparently Le Chiffre wasn`t the only guy to cry blood under pressure.
  14. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 01:45

    I take my MMA websites very cerealesly..does that mean you read em while your eating your all-bran? Methinks Dr Garbo is having a light hearted troll while enjoying a bowl and some brews, or he's a cunt, I'm not sure if I care anymore
  15. ghostboner Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 02:03

    Damn you charming charlie I wanted to make the funny 1000% superhero joke! Dr Garbo, that was funny. Hope you don't get sued for being a big meany pants. I think this might be Dana benching Fitch all year because he has a good excuse to do so. And also because he doesn't really care if either of these two fight GSP again. Or maybe I'm a loony conspiracy theorist/Fitch nuthugger. Or maybe both. Or maybe neither.
  16. Viva Hate Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 05:19

    I say they be very safe with this fight and push it back a few weeks until UFC 118 in Boston, can't be too safe.
  17. robthom Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 05:41

    dr.garbage = filthy bloody tampon overflow... Back to the sewer boy before we really lean on you...
  18. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 06:29

    @rob, so your callin cunt? fair enough for me, with you all the way brah
  19. robthom Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 08:58

    @FBF, your the man! I'm only with you if I exist at all my droogish brother.
  20. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 09:10

    We work like Clockwork, orange
  21. Thatsabingo Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 11:53

    @Ghost, I agree. Dana has no interest in seeing Fitch fight for the belt. Not anytime soon anyways.
  22. Dr Garbo Says:

    Sat, 05/01/10 - 09:16

    @robthom Wait till Luke Thomas hears about this...This red engine was right you guys are mean
  23. SciaticNervePain Says:

    Sat, 10/29/11 - 12:03

    I certainly hope he’s able to make a recovery from all of this. He’s a great fighter and it would be a shame if this sidelined him during his prime. http://www.sciaticnervepainblog.com/help-for-your-sciatica-pain
  24. bobroode Says:

    Wed, 11/16/11 - 05:56

    Fitch could be the most boring fighter ever. I hope he doesn't bring Thiago down to his level. desks for bedrooms
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