Today the UFC announced the full card for UFC 115 all except for one matchup, Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch. The organization couldn’t announce the rematch due to the fact that the NJ State Athletic Control Board hasn’t cleared Alves as of yet, who was taken out of his original match against Jon Fitch because of a brain irregularity found in the pre-fight CAT scan.
Alves is returning to New York on the 21st to receive medical clearance for his upcoming fight with Fitch, and Alves’ reps say if all goes well, the UFC should announce the fight shortly there after.
The fighter underwent surgery late last month to repair an arteriovenous fistula on the left side of his brain. This condition occurs when there is an abnormal connection between an artery and vein. Alves recuperated quickly and started training as fast as he could.
“He started running two days after getting out of the hospital and feels great,” Dan Lambert, an Alves representative reported today.
If Alves passes his final post-surgery exam, the results will then be submitted to the NJSACB, who will decided if he can return to fighting or not.
Alves’ agent, Malki Kawa reported that the fighter “should be good to go.”
And if Thiago is cleared for UFC 115, one of the main events could be moved to the prelims, to make room for the Alves vs. Fitch bout.