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Thiago Alves stands behind UFC-Pittsburgh withdrawal, says Mike Perry still has 'ass whooping' coming

Thiago Alves made history this past week when he withdrew from a scheduled UFC bout for a record eighth time in his career. It’s a dubious footnote to have on his resume, but he doesn’t regret his decision in the slightest.

Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) was booked to fight Mike Perry in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 co-headliner, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “The Pitbull,” who lives and trains in Florida, was in the path of Hurricane Irma, but instead of leaving early to avoid the storm like some other fighters based in the state, opted to stay put.

That decision ultimately cost the former UFC welterweight title challenger his ability to compete. He was unable to travel to Pittsburgh and was therefore forced to withdraw from the matchup with Perry on just three days’ notice. The Brazilian received some heat over the situation, but he said he was simply prioritizing the safety of his family, and he won’t apologize for that (via Instagram):

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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

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) ultimately defeated short-notice replacement Alex Reyes (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 116. He accused Alves of “ducking” him after the bout, but given his explanation the decision to withdraw comes across as an understandable one.

Alves said he hopes to fight again before the end of the year, and it appears he still wants a piece of Perry (via Twitter):

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 116's Mike Perry not so subtly accuses Thiago Alves of ducking

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PITTSBURGH – UFC welterweight Mike Perry is no stranger to last-minute fight withdrawals, though he can’t remember the last guy to do it before onetime title challenger Thiago Alves.

“Sometimes, I’ve got to watch what I say, because I scare these guys away,” Perry on Thursday told MMAjunkie after a workout. “I don’t know if I scared Thiago. I might have.

“They posted (my knockout of Jake Ellenberger) this week and said it was the ‘Knockout of the Week.’ He might have seen that and replayed it in his head.”

Perry is irritated at the opportunity lost by not getting to fight Alves, who challenged for the UFC’s welterweight title in 2009 and who withdrew from the FS1-televised co-headliner at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 for undisclosed reasons.

Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) claims the matchup has been in the works on three separate occasions since Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) called him out, only to see the fight evaporate.

With the latest scratch on short notice, Perry is “pissed.”

“(Alves) took away the recognition I was going to get for fighting him,” he said.

In Alves’ place goes first-time octagon combatant Alex Reyes (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will step in on three days’ notice to face the fearsome Perry at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

“It’s a lose-lose for me,” Perry said. “I’m giving this guy every chance, and I’m getting almost nothing from it. But I’m here to fight, so I’m happy to have a fight.”

Granted, there are two silver linings he sees to the matchup. First, he gets paid. And second, he gets to halt a 13-fight streak built by Reyes on the regional circuit.

“He’s a black belt, and he must think that that’s good enough for him to come in here and exit this fight safely and out of harm’s way,” Perry said. “But you lock that door with me, man, you all know what to expect.”

Perry, of course, expects to come out with another highlight-reel knockout. But he hasn’t forgotten about Alves.

“If they called me and say, hey, we got this fight scheduled, call me short notice,” he said. “Call me short notice. I’ll just cut the weight and get in shape.

“The long time is what’s making me upset. The long time that I took to prepare for this. I wanted to see that preparation unfold. I’ll still see it unfold, but it won’t be the same.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mike Perry gets UFC Fight Night 116 replacement opponent in Alex Reyes on 3 days' notice

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As it turns out, there is a UFC welterweight willing to fight Mike Perry on short notice.

MMAjunkie today confirmed Alex Reyes(12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is stepping in for the injured Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) to face Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the co-headliner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116, which takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Perry also announced the switch on his Twitter account.

The event airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Reyes makes his octagon debut on the strength of a 12-fight win streak. A Team Oyama fighter, he returned to the cage in August after a two-year layoff and earned a first-round knockout of Gilbert Guardado.

Perry is coming off a second-round knockout of Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 106, which put him back in the win column after a decision loss to Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Thiago Alves out of Saturday's UFC co-headliner; replacement foe sought for Mike Perry

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The UFC is currently seeking a welterweight fighter willing to take on a rising contender on short notice.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with promotion officials that Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 co-headliner, and Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is in need of a new opponent.

Alves’ representatives weren’t immediately available for comment or details on the fighter’s withdrawal.

Featuring a middleweight matchup between former UFC champ Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and former dual-division WSOF title holder David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Alves vs. Perry had second billing on the card.

In his most recent outing, Perry scored a knockout win over Jake Ellenberger with a devastating elbow at April’s UFC Fight Night 108 to earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus. The victory was a resounding answer to the first loss of his career, which came to Alan Jouban in December at UFC on FOX 22.

Alves, meanwhile, had hoped to enter the cage riding some momentum after winning a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April. Since his 2009 title fight loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100, the 33-year-old Brazilian has managed just a 5-5 record.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Mike Perry vs. TBA
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Fans invited to Thursday's UFC Fight Night 116 open workouts in Pittsburgh

If you’re in Pittsburgh for UFC Fight Night 116, you’ll have an opportunity to get up close to the fighters at the top of the card.

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on former two-division WSOF champ David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC). In the co-feature, welterweight veteran Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) meets Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Prior to the event, fans can attend Thursday’s fighter open workouts at Stout Training in Pittsburgh. The facility is located on the third floor at 1600 Smallman St. The event features the headliners and co-headliners. The fighters will work out and meet the media in 30-minute increments starting with Perry at 11:30 a.m. ET (local time), followed by Branch, Alves and Rockhold.

Of note, there are no ceremonial weigh-ins for the event this week. Instead, only an official weigh-ins ceremony will take place Friday morning. That event is closed to the public, but MMAjunkie will have full coverage Friday.

The UFC Fight Night 116 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Zu Anyanwu vs. Justin Ledet

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Thiago Alves, American Top Team members staying in South Florida through Hurricane Irma

Thiago Alves has a tough fight next weekend against Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 116. He has a potentially bigger fight in front of him before that, though, as he prepares to weather a dangerous storm.

Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and several other American Top Team members based in South Florida have posted on social media they won’t be leaving the area even though Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall Sunday morning.

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Hurricane Irma is listed as a Category 5, making it the most dangerous kind of storm. It’s already caused catastrophic damage in the Carribean on its way to South Florida.

If Hector Lombard – another ATT member who fights Anthony Smith next week – and Alves had decided to leave early for Pittsburgh, site of the FS1-televised event, nobody would blame them.

Alves explained why he isn’t, via MMAFighting.com:

“(The hurricane) is going west, so things are getting better,” Alves told MMA Fighting. “We’ll wait and see.”

“I’ll stay with the family here,” he added. “When it’s over, I’ll go to war.”

Alves, who became a father in 2016, says that his house is not in a risky area in Florida.

“I have built in shutters at home, and I have a generator as well for when the power goes down, and plenty of fuel to use,” Alves said. “It’s just wait and see. We have lots of water and food. We will just wait.

We here at The Blue Corner wish Alves and all ATT members staying behind a safe next few days as they deal with Hurricane Irma.

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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