Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division No. 1 contender, Thiago Alves, was forced to withdraw from last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 116 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1 after Hurricane Irma sabotaged his travel plans.
If you’re waiting for an apology, don’t hold your breath.
That’s because “Pitbull” is not sorry he put his family before his career, even if it left the promotion in a scramble to find a last-minute replacement for Mike Perry. In fact, Alves is hoping to come back in December and promises “Platinum” another ass whooping.
This was my first hurricane as a husband and a father. The safety of my family it’s my duty and they will always come first! Still, i did make every attempt suggested by the UFC Travel Team to get to Pittsburgh besides taking a “Road Trip” with my wife and my 13 months son when the whole state of FL was evacuating. All my flights continued to get cancelled from Friday am all the way to Tuesday 11 pm. After spending 6 hours at the airport with no real idea when I would make to the fight, having no electricity, sleeping in the gym with my family, and dealing with my dog dying from heat exhaustion … I decided to stay with my family and rebuild. I will never apologize for that, it’s not in my nature.
I have too much love and respect for my Sport, Family, Team and the MMA Fans to go to war not being 100% ready. Me and the UFC are in great terms, they understand my decision. I’ve been with the company for 12 years. I’ve known Sean Shelby for a very long time and he knows I always come to fight. I trained for 16 weeks bc this fight was originally happening in August. If I don’t fight I don’t get paid, so nobody suffers but Me and My Family. I’m ready and will stay ready. I should be rebooked by December. My support to everyone that went through Hurricane Irma. My thoughts and prays are with you #RipTanky
— Thiago Pitbull Alves (@ThiagoAlvesATT) September 17, 2017
Perry calls the excuse “bullshit.”
Alex Reyes filled in for Alves and was smashed by Perry in the opening frame (watch it). The win improved “Platinum” to 11-1 with eleven knockouts and could force the promotion to grant this recent request.
Which means the Alves ship has likely sailed.