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.