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Thiago Alves received news this week that he has been waiting on for two months.
The UFC welterweight traveled from his home in Coconut Creek, Florida to New York City where he underwent his second angiogram in as many months to ensure that the medical procedure he had done on March 31 to correct a brain abnormality had healed enough for him to get back to heavy training, contact sparring, and ultimately, competing.
Doctors gave him 100 percent medical clearance, green lighting "Pitbull" to train and compete without stipulation, and in effect, made the rematch between Alves and Jon Fitch official for UFC 117 on August 7.
Confident that the test would yield positive results, Alves had a message for Fitch and the fans a short time before he was given the OK to fight:
"UFC 117 August 7 in California, Oakland, I’m Back! Fighting against Jon Fitch. As you guys know, it was supposed to happen a long time ago, but it didn’t happen. But now it’s for sure. August 7. Fitch, I love you brother; you’re my man. I hope you come ready, because I’ve got a new brain with Krazy Glue and I can’t wait to get back in there. So train hard, brother and let’s put on a great show, alright?"
To say the second fight with Fitch was supposed to happen is an understatement.
The two welterweight contenders, whose first meeting saw Fitch KO the affable Brazilian with an upkick and barrage of follow-up punches, were originally scheduled to clash at UFC 107, but Alves suffered a knee injury and was forced to pull out of the bout. The fight was rescheduled for March 27 at UFC 111, but was scrapped two days before the event after New Jersey State Athletic Control Board doctors noticed a discrepancy between a new CT scan image Thiago had done prior to the bout and one done a few years ago. Further investigation revealed that Alves had an arteriovenous malformation in his brain, that could have proven fatal under the wrong circumstances had it gone unnoticed.
The operation to correct the issue involved doctors inserting a catheter from Alves’ groin to his brain to get to the affected area to non-evasively apply a wall of medical grade "super Glue" in between a vein and artery that had begun to fuse together .