by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The bad news is Thiago Alves wasn’t able to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 111, but the much better news is that the Brazilian will be able to return to action as soon as May, after having a minor surgery that will keep him away for only a few weeks.

Alves spoke to the media on Friday evening in New York City to update everyone on what was a fairly vague, yet scary situation after he was not approved to fight following a CAT scan that revealed an issue with the fighter’s brain that could not be solved by fight time.

Fitch remained on the UFC 111 card and will now face Ben Saunders instead, while Saunders’ original opponent Jake Ellenberger was pulled from the show and will fight at a later date.

Alves was removed from the New Jersey card on Thursday when pre-fight medicals could not be approved for the American Top Team fighter, and the anomaly that caused the issues sent a scare through the MMA community.

Safety always being first prevented Alves from fighting, and luckily the problem was fairly minor in nature and surgery will him to return to action very soon.

While no definitive timeline has been determined, Alves has stated publicly that he hopes to return in May.