Thiago Alves expects February booking after late scratch from UFC Fight Night 124 |turbulent journey

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Thiago Alves expects February booking after late scratch from UFC Fight Night 124

Thiago Alves’ turbulent journey to get back in the octagon at UFC Fight Night 124 was derailed through no fault of his own when opponent Zak Cummings suffered a bizarre and unfortunate injury.

Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) slipped and hit his head while exiting a bathtub to cut weight ahead of Sunday’s previously scheduled welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 124, which takes place at Scottrade Center in St Louis and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The situation was serious enough that he was forced to withdraw from his fight vs Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC).

For Alves, it’s another blow in a long line of disappointments over the past year. On top of other troubles, Alves was forced to pull out of September’s UFC Fight Night 116 matchup with Mike Perry after he was trapped in Florida by Hurricane Irma.

Although Alves could have used the situation as a reason to lash out at Cummings, or just his poor luck in general, he instead opted to stay classy. “The Pitbull” issued a statement on social media and not only wished Cummings his best, but also noted there’s already been talks about landing on a February fight card (via Instagram):

This has been a crazy week. Everything was going great, long camp but I was super ready! Best weight cut I ever had on fight week, everything following in place. Until my Maneger @danlambertatt calls me after my weight was cut saying the my opponent got injured! Still I showed up and made the weight this morning with the @ufc thinking something might change but unfortunately it didn’t. I put a lot into this fight and sacrificed a lot and I know God will give me my reward soon! I wish Zak a speed recovery and many blessings to his family. I’m looking forward to spend a week off with my wife @mrsalves and son. And I should get rescheduled by February I hear. I want to thank you all for the support and on to the next battle!

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