Thiago Alves Outlines Decision to Withdraw From UFC FN 116, Tells Mike Perry he Got a “Gift”
By FCF Staff
After dropping out of UFC Fight Night 116 last week, Thiago Alves has posted a statement outlining his decision to withdraw from Saturday’s card. In addition, the welterweight sent a message to the man he was supposed to fight, Mike Perry, on Twitter.
Alves elected to stay with his family in South Flordia, rather than travel to Pittsburgh for a bout with Perry, as a result of Hurricane Irma. Perry ended up fighting short notice replacement Alex Reyes, and knocked him out in the first round.
This was my first hurricane as a husband and 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
— Thiago Pitbull Alves (@ThiagoAlvesATT) September 17, 2017