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UFC Fighter

Minor Procedure on Brain

3/26/2010 8:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC fighter Thiago "Pitbull" Alves will undergo a minor outpatient surgery on Wednesday to correct an irregularity in his brain.

TMZ spoke with Alves moments ago, who told us, "I went and saw a specialist this morning who told me I need to have the minor procedure." We're told the procedure will be done in New York. 

Alves says he expects to be sidelined from fighting for three weeks -- but expects to be back in the gym in two. We asked Alves if he thought a blow to the head from his recent fight with Georges St-Pierre may have caused his condition and he told us, "I don't think so."

TMZ also spoke with UFC president Dana White who told us, "He'll be back ... it's all good."

Pitbull -- who took this photo moments ago -- is expected to hold a news conference sometime later today at Sazon restaurant in NY.

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joho777    

"Any procedure on his brain is bound to be minor!" - dialogue from "Days of Thunder"

1483 days ago
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keith    

I agree with healthyhomo. This guy is so effing hawt! would love to see him nude with boner

1483 days ago
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Once white trash always WT    

Yeah, to correct a little damage from getting hit in the head too many times. They needed to remove a little jello. Duuuuh?

1483 days ago
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THINK TANK    

are a life and death NOT a little operation done local.One little blockage breaks loose and stroke.RODNEY DANGERFIELD had a brain bypass done and thanked his doctors endlessly before he passed away

1483 days ago
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1483 days ago
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horndog    

Seriously, does TMZ hold a financial interest in UFC?

1483 days ago
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crypjer77    

Hopefully he recovers soon!

1483 days ago
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Ultraworld    

Lot of gay guys at these events?

1483 days ago
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Kevin    

It just doesn't seem like "outpatient" and "brain surgery " should be included in the same sentence.

Awesome job on the UFC coverage guys !!! I really hope it continues. You guys are getting props for these stories all over the place !

1483 days ago
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bobcapecod    

Someone pinned on the ground getting punched, kneed, or kiched in the head multpiple times by a trained fighter will have some degree of brain damage in a short amount of time. Is there really a "minor brain procedure to fix that? It seems like the sport needs better rules to protect the fighters. If not, there will be many more tragedies ahead.

1483 days ago
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SUN    

maybe its time to take a long, long break... sad, that either people around him are pushing him to fight, or he doesnt value his won life. Once you start getting damage in the head from fighting, its time to stop.

1483 days ago
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that.is.all    

This makes a whole lot of sense. Fix the minor brain issues and return to the ring to get your freakin' brain bashed in.

1483 days ago
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hehe    

Anyone who wants to be an UFC fighter needs his brain examined

1483 days ago
14.

Ann    

is there a surgical procedure that will add IQ points?

1483 days ago
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pizzaeater    

maybe he's epileptic and was having surgery to correct it and doesn't feel like sharing it with the world

1483 days ago
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