Phil Baroni and Brad Tavares at UFC 125

Phil Baroni and Brad Tavares at UFC 125

Because of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 14,” Aaron Simpson lost his original opponent Jason “Mayhem” Miller. That was a few short days ago, but he already has new opposition.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Brad Tavares has stepped in to face Simpson on the July 2 fight card at UFC 132 in Las Vegas. The UFC made the announcement about the switch late Monday night.

Tavares (7-0) fell short of winning the 11th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but bounced back strong winning his first two fights following his time on the show.

Most recently, Tavares dispatched of Phil Baroni back at UFC 125 in January. The young Hawaiian will now step in on just over a month’s notice to face Simpson.

The bout between Simpson and Tavares will remain on the preliminary portion of the show.

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