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Breaking: Thiago Alves vs Mike Perry co-main event canceled for UFC ‘Pittsburgh’ (updated)

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The upcoming UFC Fight Night 116 event -- which is set to go down on Saturday Sept. 16, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — has suffered a major blow as Thiago Alves has been forced out of his scheduled co-main event Welterweight match up against Mike Perry.

UFC officials confirmed the news earlier today (Weds., Sept. 13. 2017); via MMA Junkie.

Just last week, Alves declared that he wouldn’t be leaving for Pittsburgh early on the heels of Hurricane Irma slamming down on Florida, where “The Pitbull” currently trains. And it’s a move that proved to be costly, as MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed with Thiago’s camp that the “Pitbull” was stranded in Florida due to the mighty hurricane.

Alves recently ended a two-fight skid at UFC 210 by defeating Patrick Cote via unanimous decision this past April. Prior to that, Thiago had dropped two straight to Carlos Condit and Jim Miller. As for Perry, he also got back in the win column in his last outing thanks to a vicious knockout win over longtime veteran Jake Ellenberger in Nashville, Tennessee,

UFC “Pittsburgh” is set to feature a Middleweight showdown between former division champion Luke Rockhold taking on David Branch.

According to the report, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is currently seeking an opponent to step up to the plate to face “Platinum” on just three days notice. So stick with MMAmania.com as this developing story unfolds.

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