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Rafael Alves was set to fight at UFC Vegas 19 in February against Pat Sabatini but missed weight by nearly 12 pounds and couldn’t fight.

It would have been Alves’ first fight since August 2020. The lightweight fighter is on a five-fight winning streak, having beaten every opponent he’s faced since July 2017.

Alves initially blamed food poisoning for missing the February bout but on Wednesday opened up a bit more about what really happened.


"I don’t like to talk too much about my personal life, about what happened," he told MMA Fighting. "I talked about the salmon back then, but that was just me saying anything about my weight miss. What really happened was, on the day of the weigh-ins, when I was almost on weight, I decided not to fight because I was frustrated my wife had suffered a miscarriage."

Alves told the MMA blog his wife suffered the miscarriage in her fourth month of pregnancy and initially hid it from him. He said he only found out from his sister the Friday before the big fight.


"She was pregnant and ended losing our son, and that motivated me not to fight anymore," he added. "So I ended up gaining weight just so I couldn’t fight. That’s what happened."

Alves said UFC was aware of his situation and his prowess in the Octagon during his first UFC fight in August 2020 was part of the reason why he wasn’t let go.


The 30-year-old said his wife is doing better and is looking forward to his fight this weekend. He is on the preliminary card for UFC Vegas 27 and is set to go up against Russian Damir Ismagulov, who only has one loss on his MMA resume.

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Watch UFC star Juliana Miller TKO rival Brogan Walker before standing over her to do WWE hero’s DX’s famous celebration

UFC star Juliana Miller channelled her inner DX with a crotch chop seconds after winning the latest series of the Ultimate Fighter.

The MMA rookie won the TUF 30 flyweight tournament this past weekend with a third-round TKO victory over Brogan Walker at UFC on ESPN 40


— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) August 7, 2022 2Juliana Miller won season 30 of TUF with a third-round TKO victory over Brogan WalkerCredit: GETTY 2And she performed the DX 'suck' celebration after her stoppage winCredit: UFC

After being hauled off Walker by referee Keith Peterson, Miller dropped the famous D-Generation X crotch chop in her opponent's face.

MMA fans were quick to comment on the memorable post-fight celebration, with one saying: "Next time I wanna see the pyro."

Another said: "She was not playing. She came to win & she did!"

And another said: "Suck it!!!!"

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One remarked: "DX chop on her head top."

Another chimed in: "Appreciate the 'Suck-it' in the end. I like her already."

One fan said: "She was just giving back what was given to her."

Miller's post-fight celebration partially stemmed from her grandmother's love of WWE - which she used to watch to teach herself English after arriving in America.

In her post-fight press conference, she said: “My grandma, when she moved here from Brazil, she didn’t speak any English.


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“She was learning English from TV shows … And so as she was starting to learn English, she said that she loved wrestling because she didn’t need to understand the words to see what was happening, it was all through the action.

“When I came to my team, I was like, ‘I want to be a pro wrestler one day,’ and my coaches were like, ‘Well, let’s give you a shot in the cage and see how you do,’ and I ended up loving it.

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"More than anything, the ‘suck it’ [gesture] just came from the fact that she sat up here on this same table and decided to say she was going to highlight-reel knock me out cold.

"So it felt good to stand over her and say, ‘Look at you now.’”


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