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This is a obvious one....
 

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I put a lil bet on Ben....I'm hoping Fitch has problems taking him down. On the feet I'm guessing they are pretty close, but I'm hoping Ben pulls it off!
 

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Yeah CC. It's all over the web:

In a matter of hours, Thiago Alves has been scratched from his UFC 111 bout with Jon Fitch and replaced by rising contender Ben Saunders.

According to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com, Alves had a pre-fight CAT scan that revealed a potentially dangerous issue with the fighter's brain, and while doctors were reviewing the issue, he could not be cleared in time to fight at UFC 111.

With 24 hours to go until weigh-ins, it was speculated that there wouldn’t be enough time to find a replacement, but Saunders was ready to go for the preliminary card and agreed to step in against Fitch on last-minute notice, according to sources close to the fight.

Alves and Fitch were set to rematch from a fight in 2006 when Fitch came out on top, winning by TKO.

Saunders (8-1-2) last fought at UFC 106 this past November, defeating Marcus Davis by knockout with a brutal assault of knees. He was scheduled to face Jake Ellenberger on the preliminary portion of UFC 111, but with Alves’ exit the UFC decided to shuffle the deck.

A lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes was expected to replace the Fitch vs. Alves fight on the live broadcast, but the Fitch fight will now return to the main card on pay-per-view.
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=11053&zoneid=13
 

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3k on Ben "Balls of steel" Saunders. Taking a fight against #2 WW in the world in this short notice is insanely ballsy move. Either Fitch will grind a decision or he'll get tagged and finally finished for the first time, we'll see. :)
 

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Supposedly Dana said at a press conf that Thiago's brain irregularity could be 'carrier ending' :(

Then again he said that about Lesnar too so..
 

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I'm thinking Fitch has this one wrapped up, but I'm rootin for the massive upset. 1k on saunders haha
 

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Supposedly Dana said at a press conf that Thiago's brain irregularity could be 'carrier ending' :(

Then again he said that about Lesnar too so..
Update: he's fine apparently. :thumbsup:

As to this vbookie, not touching this fight.
 

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10k flier on Saunders just cuz i like him. he was preparing for a wrestler anyways but now he really needs to get off 1st and make it count. i could see him hurting Fitch but its much more likely fitch grinds one out.
 
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