As badly as Thiago “Pitbull” Alves wants to get back in the cage and fight again, he’ll have to wait just a little while longer before returning. Originally scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 111 in New Jersey and then UFC 115 in Vancouver, the fight has been pushed back to Aug. 7 in Oakland as a part of UFC 117.
Sources close to the fight confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Friday that while Alves has had no complications following brain surgery, the promotion just wants to take extra caution and make sure everything is okay before the fight takes place. AOL Fanhouse originally reported the move of the fight on Friday.
Alves was set to fight at UFC 111 in New Jersey, but a pre-fight CAT scan revealed an anomaly in the fighter’s brain that concerned doctors and he was pulled off the card. Shortly thereafter, the Brazilian underwent an angiogram to repair the issue.
“They put superglue between the vein and the artery. That’s what the doctors told me ‘just tell everybody you’ve got superglue in your brain right now, and you’ll be alright.’ So that’s what I’m going to tell everybody,” Alves explained in an interview with MMAWeekly.com after the surgery.
As a precautionary measure, Alves will have another test run closer to the fight just to confirm the success of the surgery, but he is already back in full training with his camp at American Top Team.
The fight between Alves and Fitch will obviously be a featured bout on the UFC 117 card, which will be headlined by middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against Chael Sonnen.