UFC welterweight Thiago Alves underwent successful surgery today in Florida to correct an abnormality on the left side of his brain.
“Everything is good,” Ricardo Liborio, Alves’ coach, told MMAJunkie.com. “The first thing [Thiago] said when he got out of anesthesia was, ‘When can I get back to training?'” Liborio said. “In three weeks, he should be training if he doesn’t do anything stupid.”
Alves holds an impressive 16-6 record, however hasn’t been seen inside an Octagon since being dominated by reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100 last July.
The Brazilian was forced out of his rematch against Jon Fitch at UFC 111 this past Saturday after a CT Scan revealed an “irregularity” in his brain. Alves had no choice but to withdraw just 50 hours before showtime.