First Round Management’s Malki Kawa, reported to MMA Fighting earlier today that it’s still too soon to determine what will happen with Thiago Alves, after he was forced to pull out from his UFC 111 fight against Jon Fitch. His pre-fight CAT Scan showed some “brain irregularity” and Alves is expected to go under some additional test from neuro-specialists, so they can further determine and diagnose his condition. Jon Fitch is now scheduled to fight Ben Saunders this Saturday. Read Malki Kawa’s full statement below;

“You have to assume when there’s a problem with any fighter — with their brain, with their spine or anything to that effect. If there’s a problem, anything can be career-ending. But at this point, I’m not going to speculate, I’m not going to say that’s the case … There hasn’t been anything to say there’s a condition in his brain. There’s just something they see in the [test] and they don’t know what it is and they just want to have him get it checked out. And they don’t want to clear him for a fight and it could be something serious. We’re not panicking at this point and we don’t want anyone to panic either, but we’ll see what happens.”