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Thiago Alves out of UFC Copenhagen co-main event clash with Gunnar Nelson

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Thiago Alves was forced out of the UFC Copenhagen card due to health issues.
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Gunnar Nelson needs a new opponent for UFC Copenhagen after Thiago Alves withdrew from the welterweight contest due to health issues, Alves confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.

The Brazilian veteran told MMA Fighting he had an infection that gave him kidney stones. He's currently taking antibiotics and is expected to be cleared to train again in a month, hoping for a return to the UFC cage around November or December.

The Fight Night card will take place at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sept. 28.

Alves (23-14) fought twice this year, scoring a close decision win over Max Griffin in February but then losing a decision to Laureano Staropoli in May. “Pitbull”, a former welterweight title contender, was victorious in only two of his last seven UFC bouts.

Nelson (17-4-1) is looking to get back on track after dropping a split decision to Leon Edwards in March, four months after a brutal second-round finish over Alex Oliveira. The Iceland-native is 4-4 since having his 13-fight winning streak snapped in 2014.

UFC Copenhagen will be headlined by Swedish middleweight Jack Hermansson versus Dallas’ Jared Cannonier.