Following Surgery Thiago Alves Expects December Return to UFC

Thiago Alves at UFC 124A torn pectoral muscle sounds like a devastating injury, but following surgery, UFC welterweight Thiago Alves got good news on Tuesday.

The American Top Team fighter, who was forced to drop out of UFC 149 when he tore his pectoral muscle in training, updated his status on Tuesday with an expected return date in mind.

“Great news, just talked to my doctor and my (physical therapist). They both told me I’ll be back fighting again by December. I can’t wait!” Alves wrote on his official Twitter account.

Alves was working with his trainers in Florida when he suffered the injury in sparring.

He was originally slated to face Afghan knockout artist Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 149 in Calgary, but the injury forced him off the card and into surgery.

Alves will continue his rehab and recovery at home in Florida while he waits for the official word on his return fight, but it appears he’ll get to come back before 2012 is over.

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