Alexandre “Capitao” de Almeida, the former Jungle Fight featherweight champion, was originally scheduled to be part of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 cast, however a serious issue has resulted in him being cut from the show.
“Capitao” was notified by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) just two days before flying out to Las Vegas to film the show that his pre-fight medical exams showed that he had a brain aneurysm.
“I had already taped interviews in Manaus, they filmed my family and everything, but I got that news when I was about to travel,” said “Capitao” to MMAFighting.com. “The [NAC] got my exams and cut me from the show.”
De Almeida continued, “I was depressed and thought I would never fight again because brain injuries are serious. I was devastated for two weeks, thought my career was over. I decided to go to Sao Paulo and do more exams. They have the best doctors in Sao Paulo. I told them what happened, that I never felt anything wrong, and they did a cerebral angiography with contrast. I got the results Wednesday, and the exam came back clean.”
“It was a miracle, or the lab changed my exams,” he added. “There were three different Alexandres that day in the lab, so I don’t know what happened.”
“Capitao” concluded, “I lost this great opportunity because of this problem. I’m waiting for a chance, maybe sign with the UFC. I’m hopeful.”