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BREAKING: Thiago Alves Out of UFC 111 With ‘Brain Irregularity’

TMZ breaks the awful news

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.

We heard chatter last night that the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Fitch, but with UFC 111 just two days away, any attempts to find a respectable replacement might be futile. A weird-looking artery in the brain is serious, scary business. Hopefully this is something that can be addressed medically so that Alves doesn’t have to retire when so much of his career was still ahead of him. We’ll update you when we get more details on the Pitbull’s health and when we know which preliminary card match will be promoted to the main card.

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dranokills- March 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm
This tells me that GSP was just one punch away from making Alves head pop with a brain aneurysm.
Saturday Hardy may be the first man killed in the ring.
fatbellyfrank- March 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Oh, Rex you might wanna try some new bait... just saying
fatbellyfrank- March 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm
This sucks big time, I was really looking forward to watching Thiago, got the PPV booked and the wifes taking the kids out all Sunday afternoon (Australia time).
Hope all goes well for Thiago, and hopefully he can return to the Octagon, if not hope he just stays healthy
robthom- March 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Wow thats crazy.
I hope he'll be alright.

I think they can repair aneurisms . I wonder if the can fix it if there is a problem. I guess that might still preclude him from fighting anymore though.
AussieJosh- March 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Best of Luck Alves
ReX13- March 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Anybody know if this Alves guy is any good? I don't think he's had an MRI....
Kimbos Bread- March 25, 2010 at 11:35 am
Mother puss bucket...
Titos Head- March 25, 2010 at 11:31 am
FUCK! what about fghtlinker?
just some dong- March 25, 2010 at 11:20 am
Just say no to energy drinks and HGH, kids.
danomite- March 25, 2010 at 10:43 am
Yahoo sports is saying Ben Saunders is gonna fight Fitch now
Durden- March 25, 2010 at 10:24 am
What a clusterfuck
Squirrelnuts- March 25, 2010 at 9:37 am
man, this is fucking tragic news.


my hundred dollar parlay bet just went up in smoke. fuck!
D1ck4- March 25, 2010 at 9:37 am
Alves defeats Brain Aneurysm via TKO 3:36 into Round 2.
superflat- March 25, 2010 at 9:20 am
ComaPlata- March 25, 2010 at 9:15 am
Good thing Dana has to cover preexisting conditions now.
fACE7biter- March 25, 2010 at 8:59 am
Wow that is fucked. A top guy at my job just recently died of a brain aneurysm suddenly just before his 50th birthday. It's really depressing considering this condition seems to strike no matter how healthy a person could be. I hope Alves prevails.
Mescan_Judo- March 25, 2010 at 8:57 am
What horrible news.

Fuck it. GSP vs Fitch and Hardy. Lets do this!

imakeutap- March 25, 2010 at 8:50 am
he's fine, you will all see, then you will come crawling back here going i should have listened to that imakeutap, i guarantee he is fighting saturday, 100$ any takers?
GSP for Prime Minister- March 25, 2010 at 8:44 am
they should just have gsp fight fitch after he destroys hardy.. im sure he'll have more than enough gas left in the tank!
GEE-yuh-TEEN- March 25, 2010 at 8:20 am
Don't go to Canada bro... their healthcare amounts to 'making you comfortable while you die' according to Brock Lesnar.

Serious: That would be really scary to get those results. I hope they take good care of him. His life is more important than this fight.
Viva Hate- March 25, 2010 at 8:19 am
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes is replacing this on the main card, I would have rather it been the Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal fight though.
Sine- March 25, 2010 at 8:19 am
not good. i hope he gets well soon.
SiDeBuRnZ- March 25, 2010 at 8:10 am
The "shitle thot" comment sounds like a pretty strange foreshadowing now huh, guys?
D Piddy- March 25, 2010 at 8:09 am
This just made the 111 FightPicker 100 times easier.
Cornerman- March 25, 2010 at 8:07 am
All the best to Thiago and his family.