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Thiago Alves Off UFC 111 After Failing CT Scan; Pellegrino-Camoes Moved to PPV

Recent welterweight challenger Thiago Alves will be unable to rematch Jon Fitch at Saturday’s UFC 111 after failing a pre-fight CT scan that reportedly showed irregularity with an artery in his brain.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news with TMZ, saying that Alves will soon see a specialist for further evaluation but that the issue could be career threatening.

Alves will not be replaced and his matchup with Fitch will be scratched from UFC 111, with a preliminary bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes moved to the pay-per-view main card, the UFC has announced.

After suffering a second-round TKO to Fitch in 2006, Alves (16-6) reeled off seven-straight victories before losing to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre last July. Fitch (21-3) had his then-UFC record eight-fight win streak snapped in an August 2008 loss to GSP, but has since rebounded with three-straight wins.

Their rematch was previously scheduled for December’s UFC 107 before a knee injury forced Alves to withdraw.

For the latest UFC 111 fight card check out MMAFrenzy.com’s UFC rumors section, and stay tuned for complete UFC 111 coverage, including live UFC 111 results this Saturday.

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