Late last month, doctors gave Thiago Alves the green light to fight following his unexpected brain surgery. It took a few weeks, but now the final step to getting Thiago back in the Octagon is complete. The NJACB has given Alves official clearance to launch flying knees into his opponent’s skulls once again. His planned rematch with Jon Fitch for UFC 117 looks like a go.

Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board today confirmed with ( that the athletic commission has removed Alves’ indefinite suspension.

That means Alves’ can now proceed with a planned bout with Jon Fitch. In fact, additional sources told that fight is now signed for the main card of the Aug. 7 event.

“Mr. Alves is medically cleared as of today to resume his career as a professional mixed martial artist in the UFC,” Lembo wrote in an email to “It is a pleasure to be able to clear Thiago and allow him to return to what he loves doing after all he has been through.”

Great news. UFC 117 has turned out be a surprisingly strong card by the way.