Thiago Alves Out!
Thiago Alves out – He has been forced to withdraw from his co-main event fight this Saturday night in Pittsburgh, PA, for undisclosed reasons. The UFC is currently attempting to find a late replacement for Alves, who was schedule to fight one of the young and up-and-coming studs on the UFC roster, Mike Perry.
Replacement Could Be Difficult
This could be a difficult task for the UFC. Perry is a very formidable opponent and finding a replacement on short notice against a guy who is a big risk and not a big name yet might be a tall task.
If the UFC is unable to replace Perry, it would put a huge dent in this card. Ticket sales have been slow already and this would not be good to get a last minute push at the box office.
Pittsburgh MMA Fans Disappointed
The MMA fans in Pittsburgh and this region have been disappointed that, despite having quite a bit of high level local MMA talent in the area, there is not a single local fighter on the card. A fighter like Mark Cherico (who was given a relatively short notice fight on DWTNCS in Las Vegas a month ago instead of being scheduled for this card in his hometown) is going to sell at least a thousand tickets on his own in this market.
Here is how the fight card now currently stands:
Current UFC Fight Night 116 – Pittsburgh Card
Main Card (Fox Sports 1, 10PM 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 (Fox Sports 1, 8PM 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, 7:30PM ET)
- Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo
Octagon 24/7 will keep you update as this story unfolds.
As a reminder, UFC Pittsburgh tickets are still available and the event is THIS Saturday!
Be sure to check out all of our latest MMA articles at Octagon 24/7 including a recent piece about the underappreciated dominance of Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
Mark Cherico fans – Check out our exclusive interview with Mark Cherico and Dominic Mazzota.
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