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Thiago Alves' Irregular CAT Scan No Cause for Panic Yet, Says Agent

Thiago Alves' agent is saying that Alves' CAT scan irregularity came as a surprise and that it is too early to speculate on UFC president Dana White's comment that Alves' career is in jeopardy.

"You have to assume when there's a problem with any fighter -- with their brain, with their spine or anything to that effect. If there's a problem, anything can be career-ending," Malki Kawa of First Round Management told "But at this point, I'm not going to speculate, I'm not going to say that's the case. We don't think so. We don't think that's what's going on and I don't think it's fair for anyone to say that until we actually have results back from the specialist to tell us exactly what's going on."

Kawa added that there was no bleeding in the brain and there's nothing of that nature to cause too much concern, but agreed with the licensing decision for safety coming first.

"There hasn't been anything to say there's a condition in his brain," Kawa said. "There's just something they see in the [test] and they don't know what it is and they just want to have him get it checked out. And they don't want to clear him for a fight and it could be something serious. We're not panicking at this point and we don't want anyone to panic either, but we'll see what happens."

Alves asked fans through his Twitter to say a prayer for him and that he hopes to be back soon.

"Tonight we will know what to do better after meeting with the doctors," Alves said. "Thank you everyone for all the support guys."

Alves is scheduled to hold a conference on Friday at the Sazon Restaurant in New York City to greet fans and speak to the media about his status.

This is the second time Alves has been forced out of a rematch against Jon Fitch. The two were supposed to meet at UFC 107 in December before Alves had to withdraw due to a knee injury.

Fitch's new opponent at UFC 111 will be Ben Saunders.

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