UFC welterweight Thiago Alves is no longer going to be fighting Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Yet another UFC event has lost either its main or co-main event at the last minute. Last week it was UFC 215’s headliner between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg, this week it’s the UFC Pittsburgh co-main featuring welterweights Thiago Alves and Mike Perry.
A report from MMAjunkie confirmed on Wednesday that the former 170-pound title challenger Alves was removed from the card due to undisclosed reasons. Officials are searching for a replacement to fight “Platinum” Perry.
Alves (22-11) was coming off a unanimous decision win over Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April, while the hard-hitting Perry (11-1) bounced back from his loss to Alan Jouban by violently knocking out Jake Ellenberger at UFC Nashville in April.
This was definitely shaping up to be one of, if not the single most-anticipated fight on this weekend’s event, but now it’s not happening. In the event that the UFC can’t find a replacement for Perry to fight, that means the card will be reduced to just ten fights.
UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh airs live on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, September 16th. The main card starts at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and features a main event between former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and top-10 ranked David Branch.