One of the UFC’s most exciting welterweights won’t be taking to the Octagon anytime soon, as Thiago Alves has revealed he’ll be taking a significant break to recover from recent surgery and address a few other health-related matters as well. Alves hasn’t fought since a March loss to Martin Kampmann, withdrawing from a bout against Siyar Bahadurzada in June due to injury.

In a statement to Buddha Sport, the 19-9 Alves explained, “Following my chest surgery, my management and myself have decided to take this year off to fix my left knee as well as all my other little injuries to come back stronger than ever in 2013 to make another run for the title and get it this time.”

“I should be back by June 2013,” he added.

Since losing to 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre in 2009, Alves is only 2-3 with wins over Papy Abedi and John Howard. Prior to the slide he’d had his hand raised seven straight times including success against Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes, and Josh Koscheck.